September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is a major health issue that affects people of all ages, incomes, and ethnicity. Despite suicide being preventable, it is the second leading cause of death nationally in individuals ages 10 to 34, and the 4th leading cause of death those between the ages 35 – 54. Throughout this month, AHCCCS, in partnership with suicide prevention organizations, will be drawing attention to the prevalence of this issue and advocating for the importance of mental health.
This September, the State Suicide Prevention Specialist at AHCCCS is promoting suicide prevention awareness and education events across the state, and working with state agencies and other partners to advance education and awareness efforts.
September 3, 6:30 p.m.: AHCCCS staff presents to Moms Demand at Dayspring United Methodist Church.
September 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: City of Mesa Police and other community advocates are hosting a suicide prevention resource fair at the Red Mountain Multi-generational Center.
September 14, 8 a.m.: 3rd Annual #YouMatter Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk with the Havasu Community Health Foundation at Rotary Park, 1400 S Smoketree Ave, Lake Havasu City. Registration is $25.
September 18, 6 p.m.: Mesa Public Schools presents to parents and educators at Shepard Jr. High about key stress indicators in youth like anxiety, depression and suicide. Experts from Teen Lifeline, Community Bridges, and Empact Suicide Prevention Center will attend.
September 18, 23, and 25: Helios Education Foundation is hosting a public behavioral health forums in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson to teach educators and providers about access to behavioral health services in AZ schools:
- September 18, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, 1600 S. 52nd Street, Tempe. SOLD OUT
- September 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Drury Inn/High Country Conference Center, 300 S. Milton Rd., Flagstaff www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4BAFAD29A0F94-behavioral1
- September 25, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave., Tucson. SOLD OUT
September 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is hosting a tribal health symposium about suicide prevention resources at Talking Stick Resort, 1800 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale.
September 30, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Suicide survivor Kevin Hines presents his personal story at the Northern Arizona Mental Health Summit, Camp Verde School Complex, 210 Camp Lincoln Rd.
Additional resources for people at risk of suicide include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255, a network of crisis centers dedicated to providing emotional support for individuals considering suicide and improving crisis services and awareness.