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2018 SEEDS Conference
Opioid Support Group
Comprehensive Opioid Hotlines
Transgender Suicide Hotline
Shortage of Affordable Homes
2018 National MHA Events Calendar

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2017 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
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Opioid Support Group

Do you need support to help you stop using or keep from relapsing on pain killers or other opioids? Have you taken opioids that were not prescribed to you? Have you taken opioids more frequently than prescribed? S.T.A.R. offers a free weekly support group for adults ages 18+ Take the steps to stop the cycle TODAY.

S.T.A.R. Central
2502 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 upstairs on the second floor
Every Wednesday evening, 6-7pm
For Questions: 602-231-0071

-Groups will be facilitated by a counselor and a peer
-Group focus is on opioid addiction & dependency
-No referral needed, join anytime

One of the Nation's First Real-Time, Comprehensive Opioid Hotlines  for Medical Providers to Launch

The Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers are launching one of the nation's first real-time, comprehensive hotlines for healthcare providers seeking consultation for complex patients with pain and opioid use disorder. The free hotline, the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line, will be operated 24 hours a day seven days a week and answered by medical experts at Arizona's Poison and Drug Information Centers to provide support to medical providers about a wide array of opioid-related topics. 

"Preventing opioid overdoses and deaths in our state needs a multifaceted approach, and the new hotline is a major step forward as it will give medical providers immediate access to experts who can help to ensure safe prescribing and to identify treatment options for patients, which may or may not include opioids," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

America's First Transgender Suicide Hotline is 


The National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) completed by the  National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, found that 41% of trans individuals surveyed had attempted suicide...the general population number at the time was 1.6%.  Thankfully, the transgender community has its own suicide hotline courtesy of TransLifeline .

US: (877) 565-8860 CANADA: (877) 330-6366
The line is staffed by transgender people and is entirely dedicated to the trans community.

It's open every day for 18 hours:
Pacific time: 8am to 2am
Mountain time: 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Central time: 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Eastern time: 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.

"The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes"

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.  Their newly released March report highlights the widespread shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income renters, whose income is at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income. Only 35 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low income renter households. Extremely low income households face a shortage in every state and major metropolitan area.

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GPS: Navigating Life in Transition

March 24th, 2018 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Gateway Community College - Integrated Education (IE) Building
 108 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

World Bipolar Day
March 30th, 2018

World Autism Day
April 2nd, 2018

2nd Annual Mental Health Resource and Career Expo
April 19th, 2018 from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

9th Annual Ability360 Center Health and Wellness Fair
April 27th, 2018 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, April 28th from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 

 Children's Mental Health Awareness Community Celebration
April 28th, 2018 from 11:00am - 2:00pm
 7337 North 19th Avenue 
Phoenix, AZ 85021

GOYFF Youth Leadership Day
May 4th, 2018 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Grand Canyon University 3300 W. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Mental Health America of Arizona Seeds Conference
May 16th, 2018, 8:00am - 5:15pm
Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302
Click here to register

Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings   
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care  Events
NAMI Arizona  Calendar

Mental Health America of Arizona