September 2020 Quarterly Newsletter
Our Virtual SEEDS Conference is Just
4 Weeks Away!
Fresh Off the Press!
Mental Health America (MHA) has developed its 2020 Back to School Toolkit with this and more in mind to help students, parents, and school personnel navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19.

Many children who return to school will be lonely, having been isolated for months. Many who remain at home will feel even lonelier and more isolated as they see members of their peer group out and about. Loneliness can translate to poor sleep, high blood pressure, greater risk of suicidal ideation, and even alcohol and drug use. Depression, anxiety, and fear can also increase. 

That is true for age groups. This means that this year, we all – parents, teachers, caregivers, students – need to attend to our mental wellbeing more consciously than ever before.
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!


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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
World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2020
NAMI Basics: Educational Classes for Parents and Caregivers
of Youth with Mental Health Challenges
Saturdays @ 10 AM - 12:30 PM 9/12 -10/17
Saturdays @ 9 AM - 11:30 AM 10/3 - 11/7

Parent Huddle: Understanding Behaviors with Development
in Mind
September 14, 2020
Mental Health Reform and Suicide Prevention in the Era of COVID-19
September 14, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Mental Illness:
Treatment Planning
September 15, 2020
Co-occuring: Help and Hope for Recovery
September 16, 2020
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Suicide Prevention and Resources
September 16, 2020
12:00pm -1:30pm
Understanding The Role Of Resilience In Gender And Sexual Minority Communities
September 17, 2020
Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
September 17, 2020
9:00am - 3:00pm
Youth and Adolescent Mental Health
September 22, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
BLOOM365 and Teen Dating Violence Prevention Lunch & Learn
September 30, 2020
11:30am - 12:15pm
Telepractice: Interventions for Adolescents with Mild Anxiety
October 15, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Arizona Health Equity Conference
October 15, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
Positively Powerful Conference
October 16, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
Surviving the Holidays: Working with Crime Victims During Stressful Times
October 23, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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