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MHA Statement on Texas Shooting

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, November 6th, 2017
"Yesterday, our country once again was faced with the horror of another mass shooting, this time while Americans were praying in a church in Texas.  The president and others on Capitol Hill were quick to say this w as not a gun issue, but a mental health issue. That's just talk that masks inaction on their part.  In fact - this wasn't a mental health issue. It increasingly appears to have been a preventable tragedy - if public officials had been listening to mental health advocates for the past several years. Every time we have been asked to react to events like these, we have pointed out the obvious - that one of strongest predictors of future violence is past violence...continue reading

High Rates of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Reflects our State's Lack of Invest in Education and Safety Net Programs

MHA AZ recently put out a press release in response to the  State of Mental Health in America 2017 report. The report utilizes data from 15 national data bases and surveys collected during 2015 to provide a portrait of mental health in America. 
In a comparison of states, Arizona received an overall ranking of 49 th , just above the state of Nevada and just below the state of Mississippi.  As the state affiliate chapter Board Members, we know that this ranking does not reflect the innovation and progressive community-based integrated behavioral health services available to some in Arizona, but rather point to other troubling indicators of the general state of behavioral health and wellbeing in the state that we call home. Continue reading MHA AZ's press release here 

Read Full MHA State of Mental Health in America 2017 report here

Mental Health America of Arizona

Awareness, Advocacy, Achievement

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

Mental Health America of Arizona's upcoming Seeds Conference seeks to highlight cutting edge practices and approaches used to address current and emerging issues in behavioral health. Through critical conversations, we will enhance Awareness, Advocacy, and Achievement as it pertains to mental health and recovery. This years Seeds Conference will focus on innovative strategies and interventions being used within the  Education System, Workplace, and Community

Call for Proposals and a Save the Date will be sent out shortly!

MHA AZ Spotlight on a New Partnership!

MHA AZ is proudly collaborating with t he Care Enough to Get in the Way movement which bridges the gap between our local community, the government, and law enforcement in a positive way. 

The Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life conference is student led, and includes a conference team consisting of four members, representing four sectors (Government, Education, Business and Non-Profit) along with members of the local police departments, teachers, parents and student facilitators all coming together to tackle real issues facing our schools.

The attendees come up with their own ideas on the best way to communicate to a trusted adult when they hear or see cries for help such as bullying, cyber-bullying, drug addiction, depression, and ongoing threats against others. Following the conference, students bring their ideas into the schools and encourage peers to Care Enough to Get in the Way.

    2nd Annual  Speak Up - Stand Up - Save a Life Youth Conference
January 16, 2018 
3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health Over the Holidays...

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2018 Faith and Mental Health Conference
January 26 & 27, 2018
Glendale Community Center,  5401 W. Ocotillo Rd, Glendale, AZ 85301

The Resilient Church Conference
February 9, 2018 
Pure Heart Church, 14240 N. 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306 
Click here to register

9th Annual Ability360 Center Health & Wellness Fair

April 27, 2018 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) & April 28, 2018 (10 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 

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

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