The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. While measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as physical distancing, are necessary, it has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.

Feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression can affect people of all ages and can be risk factors for mental health disorders and even suicide. Last year, we lost over 1,400 lives to suicide in Arizona, and many more experienced thoughts of suicide. Some groups of Arizonans carry a higher burden of suicide, including males over the age of 65, veterans, those living in rural settings, and American Indians. 

Throughout Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we have highlighted the need to identify warning signs of suicide and shared resources for support to address this complex and preventable public health problem. Everyone has a role to play in prevention. You may have a friend or family member who is struggling, and you can #BeThe1To reach out and connect. 

It is important to know immediate help is available:

Visit for community resources and services to support individuals and families in need. We need each other now more than ever!