November 2020 Quarterly Newsletter
Mental Health America 2021 State of Mental Health Report: Key Findings

The 2021 State of Mental Health report is a collection of data across all 50 states and the District of Columbia that seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How many adults and youth have mental health issues?
  • How many adults and youth have substance use issues?
  • How many adults and youth have access to insurance?
  • How many adults and youth have access to adequate insurance?
  • How many adults and youth have access to mental health care?
  • Which states have higher barriers to accessing mental health care?

The Goal:

  • To provide a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults for policy and program planning, analysis, and evaluation;
  • To track changes in prevalence of mental health issues and access to mental health care;
  • To understand how changes in national data reflect the impact of legislation and policies; and
  • To increase dialogue with and improve outcomes for individuals and families with mental health needs.
Interested in MHA AZ's Mental Health in the Workplace Trainings?
Contact Erin Callinan, MSW, Executive Director at to learn more about our 3 Part Mental Health in the Workplace Series!
Life Is a Beach Event Coming Up 11/13
Did You Know That November Is...
Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and history and acknowledges the important contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. Learn more about this year's theme, "Resilient & Enduring: We Are Native People" and how you can get involved HERE.

Don't forget to join the National NAHM Virtual Kick Off Celebration on November 9th at 10am. More details HERE.

The keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremonies is Tara Mac Lean Katuk Sweeney (Iñupiat), Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, DOI. Ms. Sweeney is the first Alaska Native and the second woman to be confirmed for the position. Ms. Sweeney, from Utqiaġvik, grew up in rural Alaska. Ms. Sweeney is a tribal member of the Native Village of Barrow Traditional Iñupiat Government and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, both federally recognized tribes in Alaska.
Mental Health America (MHA) is proud to recognize November as National Family Caregivers Month - a time to celebrate the contributions of caregivers, provide them with tools that they need, and continue to advocate for individuals with mental illness.
There are over 53 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers to family, friends, and neighbors.

Twenty-seven percent or nearly a third of adult caregivers are helping someone with a mental illness. Caregiving can often have a significant impact on the life of the caregiver in more ways than one. It can make maintaining your physical and mental health more difficult and may put a strain on work and social life.

Learn more about resources and support HERE
Your Feedback is Needed!
The Association for The Chronically Mentally Ill is requesting your feedback on prior webinars and topics that may be of interest to you in the future. 

AzPHA Organizational Member Mercy Care is currently conducting their 2020 Mercy Care Community Needs Assessment. Geographic areas of interest include Maricopa and Pinal County.

Are You Following MHA AZ on Social Media?
Since going virtual, MHA AZ has ramped up our social media presence! Make sure you follow our social media platforms to stay up to date on events, trainings, news, shareable graphics, resources, policy updates and opportunities for engagement. Do you have something you'd like us to share? Let us know!


November Articles and Resources

Mental Health America of Arizona
Did You Know MHA AZ Offers 13 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.
Upcoming Community Events and Trainings
National Native American Heritage Month Virtual Kick Off Celebration
November 9th, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
BLOOM365 Virtual Trusted Adult Ally Training: Responding To and Preventing Teen Dating Violence
November 9th, 16th, 23rd, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
"Good Grief - It's the Holidays" Caregiver Series
November 9th - Mending the Heart from Lost Companionship and Faith
November 16th - Building Resilience amid Lost Opportunities
November 30th - Celebrating Holidays with Lost Dreams and Expectations
4:00pm - 5:00pm

These sessions are for caregivers only. Please attend as you can; you do not need to attend every session to experience the benefits.
Suicide Prevention Policies for the Veterans Community

November 10th, 2020
12:00pm - 12:30pm
How Genetic Testing Can Help With Depression Treatment

November 10th, 2020
Native American Storytelling: Culture is Prevention
November 10th, 2020
3rd National Conference on Advancing Early Psychosis Care
in the United States: Addressing Inequities - Race, Culture, and COVID

November 12th-13th, 2020
Addressing Student Behaviors During Distance Learning

November 12th, 2020
10:00am - 11:30pm
ASFP Arizona Out of the Darkness Experience

November 14th, 2020
Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO) - Virtual, Post-election & Pre-legislative Session

November 18th, 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Solving for Sleep: The Foundation of Improved Health Outcomes
December 3, 2020
AHCCCS Initiatives Feedback Opportunity
November 20, 2020
9:30am - 11:00am
2020 Tribal Health Virtual Town Hall: Standing Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 3, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Communities Webinar

December 8, 2020
Brain Health Symposium
December 10, 2020
Tips and Tools for Leveraging Trauma Informed Care Techniques to Reduce Stress for Students, Teachers, and Providers
December 15, 2020
Handling COVID Stress During This Holiday Season: Transforming White Elephants
December 17, 2020
11:30am - 12:30pm
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

MHA AZ Staff

Erin Callinan, MSW, Executive Director