Breathe Easy at Rock Climbing Event

Banner Health invites the public to attend a free rock wall climbing event for children and teens with asthma, and their parents. From 7-9 p.m., Saturday April 1, at AZ on the Rocks, participants will learn how to climb while managing asthma triggers.

Asthma educators will be on hand to answer questions.

Those who attend are encouraged to wear comfortable exercise clothing and running shoes, and to bring their asthma inhalers. Parents and caregivers will be required to complete a consent form.

AZ on the Rocks is located at: 16447 N. 91st Street, suite 105, Scottsdale. To register for the event, call: 602-230-CARE.

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AHCCCS Employees Enjoy Works from PSA Art Awakenings Artists

Various pieces of art are on display through May in common areas at AHCCCS, thanks to artists in the PSA Art Awakenings program.  Since it began in 2000, the PSA Art Awakenings program has been nationally recognized as a leading psychosocial rehabilitation and art therapy program, annually helping more than 2000 youth and adults in Arizona work toward empowerment and recovery through creativity. The program operates 15 studios and five galleries in Arizona.

The idea to exhibit the art came from Kathy Bashor, an AHCCCS employee familiar with PSA Art Awakenings, and also familiar to life with mental illness, having herself learned to manage anxiety and depression. When she shared the idea with Health Care Advocacy Coordinator Susan Junck, Susan agreed that such an exhibit could start a dialogue with colleagues that would serve to reduce stigma and stereotypes about mental illness in the workplace.

…[the] exhibit could start a dialogue with colleagues that would serve to reduce stigma and stereotypes…

Supported by executive leadership, Susan and Kathy are planning to host an Artists’ Reception in May during Mental Health Awareness Month to continue to increase understanding and empathy within the AHCCCS community of employees.

PSA Art Awakenings is sponsored by PSA Behavioral Health Agency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing & empowering the behavioral health community through creativity, innovation, recovery & diversity.

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Behavioral Health Conference and Career Expo to Include Educational and Professional Opportunities

All are invited to attend the upcoming Mental Health and Behavior Sciences Conference, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Glendale Community College, hosted in partnership with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, the Department of Economic Security, and other participants.

The conference will provide information on mental health awareness and education in English and Spanish.

The career expo features more than 50 behavioral health provider agencies sharing information for college students, Maricopa residents and professionals who are interested in working in the behavioral health field.  Resume building and interview skills workshops, health and wellness activities, and information on trauma, resiliency and hope will also be offered. Continuing education units may also be earned.

The Behavioral Health Conference will take place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale, in the Student Union. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey,  623-845-3212, Thomas.aubrey@gccaz.edu.

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