March 2021 Quarterly Newsletter

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Message from the Executive Director
Dear community partners, colleagues and friends,

I'd like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your support of MHA AZ while I've proudly served as the Executive Director. It has been an honor to partner with many of you as we've worked to increase access, provide hope and enhance responses and services for individuals living with mental health conditions.

With excitement for the next chapter in my career, I made the difficult decision to submit my resignation in December 2020 and will finish my time as Executive Director come April 1st, 2021. I will remain in the mental health field and hope to continue learning and working alongside you through future collaborations and opportunities.

As MHA AZ transitions and brings in a new Executive Director, please keep in touch by contacting us at MHA AZ will remain steadfast in our mission to promote the mental health and well-being of all Arizonans through education, advocacy and the shaping of public policy. We look forward to your continued support!


Erin Callinan, MSW

Action Alert: Contact Members of the House!

The State Board of Education must require that all health education instruction include mental health instruction. Mental health instruction may be included in a health course or another existing course and is required to incorporate the multiple dimensions of health by including mental health and the relationship of physical and mental health to enhance student understanding, social and emotional learning, and attitudes and behavior that promote health and well-being.

Take action and email your legislators in the House of Representatives
and ask them to support SB1376 NOW!!

2021 Mind the Workplace Report

Mental Health America’s new Mind the Workplace 2021 Report provides an opportunity to better understand the mental health challenges that employees across company size and industry are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data in the report comes from the Work Health Survey Work Health Survey, which measured the perceptions of 5,030 employees across 17 industries in the United States between February 13, 2020 – September 9, 2020. Survey questions measured financial insecurity, burnout, supervisor support, workplace stress, and mental illness.

Major takeaways from the report:
  • Most employees are experiencing signs of burnout.
  • Employees are not receiving the support they need to manage stress.
  • Workplace stress is severely impacting employees' mental health.
  • Employees are concerned about their current financial situations.
Mental Health America Policy Priorities at the Federal Level
What's Happening In 2021?

The top policy priorities this year include:

  • Access to Mental Healthcare and Supports
  • Equity
  • Financing and Training of the Peer Workforce
  • Prevention and Early Intervention for Children, Youth and Young Adults
  • Suicide Prevention and Access to Crisis Care
  • Workplace Mental Health
Upcoming Policy Forum: FREE Registration
This live, interactive event will convene policymakers, thought leaders and experts from across the mental health community to explore innovations and policy solutions that strengthen access to care for people living with serious mental illness. 
March Articles and Resources

Arizona Governors Office

International Society for Bipolar Disorders

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
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
Trusted Adult Ally Training: Teen Dating Violence
March 22nd, March 29th & April 5th, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Managing Stress and Anxiety; Mental Health and Coping in the Covid-19 Pandemic
March 18th - 19th, 2021
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference
March 18th - 19th, 2021
17th Annual Cesar Chavez Conference
April 5th, 2021
9:00am - 2:00pm
9th Annual Northwest Arizona Symposium on Infant and
Toddler Mental Health
April 7, 2021
8:30am - 3:45pm
11th Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans, & Their Families
April 21st and 22nd, 2021
2nd Adolescent Conference: In This Moment, Strengthening Community Resiliency 
May 3rd & May 5th
First Responder Mental Health & Wellness
May 6th - 7th, 2021
MHA AZ Board of Directors

Matthew Moody, MC, President
Chuck Goldstein, MD, Vice President
Jason Bernstein, CPA, Treasurer
Francine Sumner, Secretary
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