January 2021 Quarterly Newsletter

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MHA AZ January Speaking Events
Mental Health America Report
Young People's Mental Health in 2020:
Hope, Advocacy and Action for the Future
Rates of depression and anxiety continue to increase among youth and young adults, while many have limited access to mental health resources like therapists or psychiatrists. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns and closures have disrupted critical parts of young people’s lives like routines, peer relationships, hobbies, and important milestones like proms or graduations. As a result, the generation that was already experiencing incredibly high rates of loneliness has lost many of the crucial ways they connect with others. This is particularly impactful for LGBTQ+ youth, who may have lost affirming and positive social connections or may be spending their time in non-affirming households.

This Report Provides...

  • An analysis of young people’s wants, hopes for the future, and goals for mental health resources and advocacy.
  • Results from an MHA survey that explored what young people identified as most helpful and how they would like to impact the mental health of their communities, with descriptions of youth-driven programs that respond to the needs identified by young people.
  • Tools to promote the perspectives of young people, expand opportunities for young people’s leadership, and spread programs and ideas that can be replicated in other communities. 
"Life Is" Film Screening:
Confronting Youth Suicide in Arizona
"Life Is" is a 26-minute documentary to be simulcast Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. on more than 25 Arizona TV stations, including Arizona PBS, and at 5 p.m. on Spanish channels.
This project is produced by student journalists at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Drawing on field work and interviews with scores of their peers, parents, teachers, lawmakers, clinicians and counselors from across the state and country, students have identified a multiplicity of factors linked to youth suicide, rooting out insights into prevention efforts that have worked.

It is an attempt to go beyond the simple answers and provide a more complete account of a phenomenon that health experts say is expected to worsen amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Registration is Open for the 5th Annual Conference on January 19th!
When students are in crisis, it's often the courage to take action or speak up that saves their lives. On January 19th, 2021 students from across the state will gather VIRTUALLY to learn how to Speak Up, Stand Up, Save A Life. This fifth annual event will inspire attendees to connect and create life-lasting solutions.

Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. This event is unlike any other and carries a lasting impact on our community. Space is limited. 

Note: All students across the state from K-12th grade are invited to attend virtually and must be registered by a dedicated point of contact for each school. 
Learn More About Family Support NOW
on January 14th at 5:30pm
2021 NAMI Annual Meeting
Virtual, Free and Open to the Public
The NAMI Arizona Board of Directors invites you to join the 2021 Annual Meeting,
“It’s Time to Rise Up” scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM via ZOOM.

NAMI Arizona is determined to focus their current efforts on empowering and amplifying community voices in the more remote, diverse, and disparate locations to help leadership, participants, and available resources converge “where the rubber meets the road.” By connecting Individual, Family, and Community Leaders like yourself and ensuring appropriate representation from every sector of our State, the Right Voices at the Right Tables will be there to impact positive change in the worlds we choose to live in. 
Have You Downloaded the Help Book Yet?
Interested in MHA AZ's Virtual Mental Health in the Workplace Trainings?

Email Erin Callinan, MSW for more information at erin@pommconsulting.com
January Articles and Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) 
Did You Know MHA AZ Offers 11 Different
FREE Mental Health Screenings?
Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.
Virtual Community Events and Trainings
Survivors of Suicide Loss: Group Treatment
January 12th, 2021
TRE: Trauma Release Exercises
January 13th, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
A Path Forward: Lessons From the Field in Well-Being
January 13th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
Stepping Into a Future Free from Historical Trauma
January 13th - January 14th, 2021
January 13th, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
January 20th, 2021
AHCCCS On the Road
January 26, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am
I Am Me: Building MY Confidence
January 26, 2021
The Addicted Brain
January 27th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Best Practices and Systems of Support for Justice-Involved Veterans
January 27th, 2021
Adolescent Substance Use 101: Current Trends and the Impact of COVID-19
January 28th, 2021
Looking Forward, Looking Back: Considering the
Response to Stalking
January 28th, 2021
I Speak for Me: Being My Own Self-Advocate
January 28th, 2021
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway (Even During a Pandemic)
January 29th, 2021
MHA AZ Board of Directors

Matthew Moody, MC, President
Chuck Goldstein, MD, Vice President
Jason Bernstein, CPA, Treasurer
Josh Mozell, JD
Karen Pitico, LCSW, MPH
Marcus Johnson, MPH
Laurie Goldstein
Amanda Stamps
Beth Brady, LAC
Carly Fleege, MPP
Francine Sumner

MHA AZ Staff

Erin Callinan, MSW, Executive Director