Phoenix VA Outreaches Female Veterans

The Phoenix VA is offering a new monthly course on women’s health for female veterans. The class takes place from 1-2 pm, on the second Wednesday monthly, in the Amethyst Clinic. The classes are available without an appointment.

The goals of the class include providing general information about services available at the Phoenix VA, creating a safe space for female veterans to share experiences, and to improve the quality of life of female veterans.

In November, the class will discuss women’s sexual health. In December, participants will focus on substance use among female veterans.

The Phoenix VA is located at: 650 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Doyle: 602-277-5551 extension 4216.

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Volunteers Needed for Suicide Prevention Event

La Frontera Arizona/EMPACT’s Suicide Prevention Center is hosting its third annual Rally Point AZ Veterans’ event Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Rawhide Western Town. This event honors veterans, and raises awareness and funds for Rally Point AZ programs, which provide services to Arizona veterans in crisis, including suicide prevention.

The event includes a 22 kilometer road march by 22 Veterans, representing the 22 veteran suicides per day that occur nationally. There will also be live music and festival activities for the family.  A special added event for this year is the inaugural “Rally Point Arizona Run”– a half-marathon and 5K, both starting and ending at Rawhide.

Volunteers for the event are needed. For more information: https://rpazrun.phxfr.org/.

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AHCCCS Employees Write To End Stigma

Doctors Nirbhay Singh, Jack Barber, and Scott Van Sant dreamed of a handbook for clinicians, to navigate the maze of behavioral health treatments for individuals with a serious mental illness. They hoped this book would create a “blueprint for enhancing and transforming recovery-oriented services in inpatient psychiatry.”

The dream was realized last month, when the Handbook of Recovery in Inpatient Psychiatry was published. The book includes a chapter authored by two AHCCCS employees, and the employees of two local provider agencies. Chapter 16, Recovery and Stigma, was authored by Kathy Bashor and Susan Junck in the AHCCCS Office of individual and Family Affairs, along with Colleen McGregor of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cheryl Anderson of Marc Community Resources.

The book discusses the idea of recovery from mental illnesses, recovery-oriented treatments, self-advocacy and stigma. The four came together to author the chapter in collaboration of shared passions to end stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

Congratulations to our authors!

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