Walk with AHCCCS to Prevent Suicide

Last year in Arizona, more than 1300 people died by suicide. We can change this. Please join AHCCCS staff members on December 11, 2016 for the annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual walk. We’ll walk together – for our friends and family members who we have lost to suicide. We’ll walk together to show our support for this community. We’ll walk together to support for the health and well-being of all Arizonans as champions for change.

Along with 250,000 other Americans nationally who participate in this walk, we hope you’ll consider joining the AHCCCS Champions for Change team. The mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Our fundraising goal is $2,500. To join the team or donate, visit: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=112351

All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

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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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