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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

By | September 21st, 2020|Prevention|

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 [...]

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Suicide Prevention Mobile App Launches Today

By | March 11th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a mobile app this morning to help primary care and behavioral health providers identify suicide risk among patients. Suicide Safe is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. A webinar explaining the technology will happen at 12:30 today. The event is full at this point, but a [...]

We Can Prevent Suicide

By | September 24th, 2014|Prevention|

This is national suicide prevention month. What can you do to prevent suicide?  Look for the warning signs: Those talking about wanting to die Those giving away their possessions Those feeling hopeless, or intensely lonely Those experiencing mental or physical pain Those increasing their use of substances Those discussing revenge Those demonstrating extreme mood swings [...]

September is Suicide Prevention Month

By | September 9th, 2014|Prevention|

In 2012, more than 1,000 Arizonans took their own lives, including more than 200 folks who had served in the military.  Suicide influences populations differently.  Nationally, the group committing suicide in the greatest numbers is elderly men.  In Arizona, we also have a high rate among American Indians.  Additionally, those with a serious mental illness [...]

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Start the New Year Off Right: Kick the Habit

By | January 15th, 2014|Prevention|

50 years ago this week the 1st Surgeon General’s report on the health dangers of smoking was published- and we’re still fighting the battle.  About 43 million Americans still smoke despite decades of warnings. Smoking kills more people every year than car crashes, suicides, murders, illegal and prescription drugs, and alcohol abuse combined (6,800 people [...]

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Behavioral Health Outreach Along the Border

By | October 11th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

We have two Regional Behavioral Health Authorities working to improve and protect mental health along the border. Cenpatico and Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) offer specialized programs to help combat substance abuse and prevent suicide as well as to help those with behavioral health issues.   One of the CPSA-sponsored prevention activities near the border includes [...]

Local Suicide Prevention Day Event

By | September 4th, 2013|General|

We and Magellan Health Services of Arizona will host a webinar-based panel discussion on suicide prevention and intervention entitled "Closing the Gap to Zero Suicides" on World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10).  The webinar will feature a panel of leaders from our team, Magellan, and the Veterans Administration.  The discussion will run from 10 - 11 [...]

Driving Suicides to Zero

By | April 10th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

Medical providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, etc.) are invited to join Magellan for their Driving Suicides to Zero training Monday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.  The goal of the training is to help reduce the suicide rate by providing behavioral healthcare professionals with the skills, knowledge, attitudes [...]

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Suicide Prevention: A Winnable Battle

By | December 18th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Back in 2009, AZ had the 9th highest rate of suicide in the U.S.  In that year 1,060 Arizonans took their own lives- so it’s easy to see why suicide prevention is an agency priority and is featured in our Strategic Map as a Winnable Battle.  Since we’re responsible for the state’s behavioral health system- [...]

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Annual report looks at why are Arizona’s children are dying

By | November 14th, 2012|Prevention|

A child’s death is a tragedy, not only for family and friends but also for the community as a whole. Unfortunately, over 2 children die each day in Arizona. In 2011, 837 children died. This was a decline from 2010 when 862 children died. In fact, since 2005, Arizona has seen a decline in child [...]

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