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Mental Health in the Workplace Training
B4STAGE4 and Screening Tools
PAFCO Voter Guide
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Opioid Package
ACA Health Insurance Premiums
Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership Program
Sue Gilbertson Leadership Award

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2018 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
Contact Us

Request a "Mental Health in the Workplace"  Training 
from MHA AZ

DID YOU KNOW? Mental Health America of Arizona offers a Mental Health in the Workplace training which helps to  create mentally healthy environments where employees are supported and businesses succeed!

Program Objectives: 
1. To increase knowledge of why mental health matters in the workplace.
2. To equip employers with the tools they need to create a mentally healthy environment. 
3. To provide managers, supervisors and leaders with practical tools to support staff with mental health issues.
Part 1 (60-90 minutes): Why Mental Health in the Workplace Matters to Your Employee and Bottom Lin e,  is designed to help management, HR, EAP and other professional staff lear n:
  • The various types and impact of mental illnesses.
  • How having mentally healthy employees lowers costs.
  • Reasons why employers should care about their employees' mental health.
  • Ways employers can create mental health-friendly workplaces.
Part 2 (120 minutes): Guidance for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders, is designed to equip leaders with ways to support the mental health of their employees by:
  • Promoting mental health in the workplace.
  • Recognizing when there may be a mental health issue with an employee.
  • Addressing employees who are showing performance and mental health issues.
  • Locating resources, finding assistance, and offering "suggested" reasonable accommodations for employees.
  • Assisting an employee to create a plan for success at work. 
Part 2 (120 minutes): Guidance
  • Individual consultation available to furthering a mental health at work program or addressing specific employee needs. 

Training and Consultation Fees:
Determined based on volume, frequency and location
For more information, please contact MHA of AZ's Executive Director, Kristina Sabetta at 480-540-8682.

MHA B4Stage4: Get Informed. Get Screened. Get Help.

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with PREVENTION.  When people are in the first stage of those diseases and have a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too.

Your Vote Counts!

Early voting has started and we know the options on your ballot can seem overwhelming. That's why we've created a voter guide to ensure you can make the most informed decisions on election day!  Find voter guide  here


Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Take A Stand  is a call to action meant to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and throughout the year.  By taking a stand we intend to remind the nation that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities--impacted by domestic violence.  We, all of us, should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard.  Looking for ideas on how to spend Domestic Violence Awareness Month? 

National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying can threaten students' physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying. Training school staff and students to prevent and address bullying can help sustain bullying prevention efforts over time. There are no federal mandates for bullying curricula or staff training. Here are some examples of options schools can consider.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The physical and mental health of cancer patients needs to be addressed not only during active treatment but also throughout the continuum of survivorship care. This commentary provides an overview of issues pertinent to cancer survivors, with an emphasis on mental health issues and recommendations for annual clinical screening and monitoring using recently published guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Senate Passes the Opioid Package in 98 to 1 Vote

The U.S. Senate passed historic opioid legislation (H.R. 6), sending the comprehensive package to the President's desk to be signed into law!  To learn more about the Opioid Package, check out the  41 Key Components .

Please take a moment to thank your Senators and Representative for their incredible work to make this happen!

Expected Drop in ACA Health Insurance Premiums

A lot of Arizonans looking to buy health insurance will get good news this fall.  According to a   new analysis, health insurance premiums in the Arizona Marketplace are expected to drop by 4 percent, making our state one of only eleven forecast to see a drop.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, has seen an overall slowdown in premium rate increases nationally. For Arizona, this decrease is a major turnaround and in sharp contrast to 2017 when we received national attention for having the highest price jump in the nation.  

Nine out of ten Arizonans receive assistance from the federal government in paying ACA insurance premiums, which remain largely unaffordable for those who earn too much to qualify for assistance. 
Before you vote on or before November 6, ask your candidates where they stand on making the health care marketplace weaker or stronger.  Click here to type in your zip code and find out who the candidates for Congress are in your district and how you can contact them.

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership Program

Over fifty percent of the leaders graduating from the Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership in the past three years have been promoted. 

The  Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership  program provides high potential leaders in hospitals and healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. Who in your organization needs new skills to succeed in their current or next role?  Effective leadership development doesn't just happen on the job, it evolves through rich experiences, research proven techniques and tools, and knowledge exchange with other leaders. This program is designed to develop healthcare professionals with the leadership skills needed to grow their career and increase value to your organization. 

As a member benefit of our association, you will receive a $250 discount if you enroll in the program.  Here is what two participants said:
" My experience with the Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership was tremendous in a lot of ways.  It helped me grow as a leader in better understanding how to leverage my strengths, collaboration, strategic thinking and developing talent.  Learning about healthcare advocacy was an eye-opener. Project development, completion and presentation was a great collaborative process on multiple levels. Overall, I do believe the program has made me more rounded as a leader and was a good foundation in my continued healthcare leadership journey." 
Vice President, Operations
"The content of this course has proven very valuable. It helped me to become more cognizant of how emotional intelligence influences my approach to the work, and the positions I pursue.  It provided tools and resources that are helpful in dealing with situations ranging from normal every day events, navigating an organization through crisis situations, and managing a multi-generational workforce. The ability to apply what I learned in this program to real-time, real-world scenarios led to my getting a promotion to a larger, more complex organization.  I strongly encourage participation in this program."  - Supervisory Health System Specialist
The program overview, application and additional testimonials are available at  www.RisingStarsLLC.com/AIHL. Applications are due by Nov. 16 th .  

Space is limited, to ensure availability and
save an additional $250 apply by Sept. 20th 2018

Program runs Jan. to Oct. 2019. 

For more information contact  Joanne@RisingStarsLLC.com   or 480-840-6024.  


23rd Annual Candlelight Celebration for Mental Health Awareness
October 18th, 2018
 6:00 pm
Downtown Phoenix, Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

NAMI Valley Walk
October 20th, 2018
 8:00 am
State Capitol Grounds, Phoenix 

MIKID Statewide Walk-A-Thon
Nogales, Tucson, Casa Grande, Phoenix, Yuma, Kingman
October 20th, 2018

Trauma Informed Schools: Introducing Post Traumatic Recovery Part 2
October 23rd, 2018
11:30am - 1:30pm
Aurora Behavioral Health Systems
6350 S. Maple Ave, Tempe

Faith Community Substance Abuse Roundtable

October 25th
9:00am to 3:30pm
First Christian Church, 6750 North 7th Ave., Phoenix

Standing Together for 30 Years
October 26, 2018
3:00pm - 7:00pm
STAR Conference Center,  2502 E. Washington St., Phoenix

25th Annual Statewide Housing Conference
November 13th-14th, 2018
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix

Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life
January 22nd, 2018
9:00am - 2:30pm
Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd, Phoenix

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


Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.A., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Laura Dix, M.S.
Charles Goldstein, M.D.
Laurie Goldstein
Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Adwoa John, M.H.A.
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H
Charles Montgomery
Karen Pitico, L.C.S.W & M.P.H.
Myra Richman
Michael Shafer, Ph.D.
Detective Amanda Stamps
Mental Health America of Arizona