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April 15, 2017

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  1. 2017 Mental Health America of Arizona SEEDS Conference      
  2. MHA AZ Hall of Fame Event
  3. Mega 104.3 Radio Show with Kristina Sabetta
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Fight in the Open With Mental Health Campaign
  6. Marc Community Resources Inc.  
  7. Community Calendar               
  8. MHA AZ Speakers Bureau          
  9. Trump's Budget Director gets SSDI Wrong   
  10. Support Groups  

2017 Mental Health America of Arizona SEEDS Conference

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Glendale Community College

Join together with individuals and family members living with mental illness, health care providers and other mental health partners in public safety, education and faith communities, in discussing the early detection and prevention of mental illness.

Former NFL great, Mark McMillian, is the featured keynote presenter. Nicknamed Mighty Mouse, McMillian started off working in the mental health field before completing an eight year career in the NFL.In 1997 while playing for the Chiefs, he led the NFL in interception return yards and was tied for  second most interceptions with eight. During his time in the NFL, he saw the significant impact of mental illness both on and off the field, recognizing that such an illness can impact any one of us. Mark has committed himself to giving back to the community and putting himself in position to help others. 

Glendale Police Chief, Rick St. John, leads off the conference by discussing the importance of mental health education and crisis intervention training among law enforcement professionals. Glendale Deputy Fire Chief, Chuck Montgomery, will close the conference with a discussion about the value of mental health education among emergency medical professionals and will share his values around advocacy.

Bruce St. James, KTAR News, will join a Recovery and Resiliency Panel session. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall Listening Session, where we will discuss how we breakdown and identify system barriers.Attendees will learn how to recognize the early signs and symptoms to navigate the hurdles of mental health; develop strategies to advocate for your loved ones and for self-management; find access to community resources including crisis services; get information on innovative programs and services; and engage and mobilize with other community members.
For ticket information and registration click  here .

Click  here  to become a sponsor.

You can apply for a scholarship  here .

View the agenda  here .

MHA AZ Hall of Fame Event

Thank you all for attending our event in March, it wouldn't have been a celebration without each of you there! It was a pleasure being able to meet all of you, along with seeing so many friendly faces.

Very special thanks again to Chuck and Laurie Goldstein who opened up their beautiful home to us and spoiled us all with such incredible food. It was a memorable night.

Congratulations again to the legend, Chick Arnold. It was evident that night that Chick is a more than just a figure in our society, but an amazing individual admired and honored by all of us. No one more deserving to be the first members of MHA's Mental Health  Hall of  Fame
. Congrats again Chick!


Check out our own Kristina Sabetta, Executive Consultant for MHA AZ speaking out on the air about mental health on Mega 104.3!! The show aired on Community Circle on 4/2/17. 

Free Awareness Seminar
Fair Housing-How to identify discrimination and your rights.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 
5:00-7:00 p.m. 
For more information 

Free Educational Event
Accessing Adult Behavioral Health Services in Arizona
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30-12:00 p.m.
Check out more details  here.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Photo Shoot
Sunday, April 23 & Monday, April 24, 2017 
8:00-6:00 p.m.
Want to support Veterans? Click here for more information.                 
KidsCare Payment Procedures & Best Practices
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
2:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information click 

7th Annual Power of Wellness Luncheon
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
11-1 p.m.
Click here for more information.

Free Adult Mental Health First Aid Session
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
8:00-4:30 pm
More information here.

St. Patrick Behavioral Health Interfaith Conference
Connecting Our Community: Increasing Awareness
Thursday, May 11, 2017
8:15-3:30 p.m.
Information  here.

Book and Study Support Group
Hope for Mental Illness
2nd & 4th Tuesday
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Click here for more information.

David's Hope 2017 Step Up Arizona 
Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit
Monday, August 28th, 2017
Sign in at 3:45 p.m.
Starts at 4:30 p.m.
to learn more.

Fight in the Open With Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Month! Advocate for mental health. Show your support for Mental Health America and Mental Health America AZ by purchasing your t-shirts here

Too often, we are scared to share our stories out of fear of judgment and the stigma that exists around talking about mental health. We embrace MHA's founder's message of sharing our stories and experiences to help others know that they are not alone - thus creating a movement to FIGHT IN THE OPEN. 

Wearing a t-shirt about mental health may not seem like much, but sometimes a conversation starter is all someone needs to know they are not alone. 

This exclusive design was created for Mental Health America by Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess, who openly shares his experience with mental illness and chooses to Fight in the Open. Both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the famous Louvre in Paris have Hess' art in their permanent collection. 


Be a Stigma Fighter

MHA AZ has decided to participate in this campaign. We will receive 30 percent of the proceeds from t-shirt sales through a customized link that has been created for Arizona. Check it out and order your t-shirt in time so they can be worn during "May is Mental Health Month."

 C all Andy Arnowitz (Information & Resources
Coordinator) at Marc Community Resources, Inc. 480-994-4407, M-F 9am-4pm. No matter what your need is, he is committed to solve the problem or point you in the right direction, free of charge!

 to learn more about Marc Community Resources 
and how it can help you!

Check out more events in the Phoenix Area.

Mercy Maricopa of Integrated Care Community  Events 
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events 
AZ Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings 

NAMI AZ   Calendar

Trump's Budget Director Gets SSDI Wrong 

President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, issued a series of falsehoods about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) during a recent interview, saying: "Let me ask you a question, do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don't think so. It's the fastest growing program. ...[I]t grew tremendously under President Obama. It's a very wasteful program."1 Each of those assertions is wrong, however.

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Please see the attachment for the current information for FREE mental health Peer Support Groups. The groups are located throughout the Maricopa County, and also a group in Yarnell.  They are for people 18+ diagnosed with a mental illness.


Michael Shafer, Ph.D. Chair  
Joshua Mozell, J.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Karen Pitico, M.P.H., Secretary

Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Sheri George
Charles Goldstein, M.D
Laurie Goldstein

Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Marcus Johnson , M.P.H.
Charles Montgomery
Mohamed Ramadan, M.D. 
Clarke Romans, Ph.D.
Charlene Smith
Myra Richman
Mental Health America of Arizona| Phone: 480-982-5305 |Email: info@mhaarizona.org  
Website: www.mhaarizona. org