Can Thanksgiving be Happy and Stress Free?

November 24th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »


The holidays can be a stressful time, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception.   From   planning and cooking to getting together with relatives or friends, it can all lead to stress.     These pressures can take much of the joy out of Thanksgiving.



Below are some suggestions to make your Thanksgiving day a HAPPY one, and stress free:

  • Make a plan. Don’t wait until the last minute. Figure out menus and guest lists early. Do your shopping in advance to avoid crowds. Prepare some foods early. If you buy a frozen turkey, remember that depending upon the weight, a turkey can take up to five days to thaw in the refrigerator. By coordinating and planning ahead, you can save yourself and your family a lot of last minute worry.
  • Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Have guests bring a side dish or dessert. The whole family can help clean house and put up decorations. Have kids set the table and keep them busy while you cook in the kitchen. Making sure to share the work of Thanksgiving will ensure that everyone has a happy day.
  • Eat well, exercise, and sleep. Rest and a healthy body can help fight stress. Eating normally, staying active and going to bed on time may all seem like simple solutions, but they really work and will keep you from panicking when things get demanding.
  • Remember what’s important. Take time out to enjoy the day and have some fun. Watch the parade, play a game, talk with guests, or take a walk. Even though the meal may seem like the biggest part of the day, the most important part is spending time with your loved ones and giving thanks for all you have.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Pascua Yaqui to Discuss Suicide Prevention with Community

November 23rd, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

The Centered Spirit Program with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is hosting a variety of suicide prevention events during November and December. Here are three you don’t want to miss:

  • November 24: A conversation with tribal elders about suicide, including prescription drug overdoses. Centered Spirit Program Director Dr. Clare Cory is helping lead the conversation.
  • December 3: Community conversation on suicide prevention
  • December 23: SAFETALK training to tribal youth, in partnership with EMPACT.


For more information about these events, contact Vanessa M. Bustos — 480-768-2064.


Today is National Survivors of Suicide Day

November 22nd, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

November 22, 2014 is National Survivors of Suicide Day. It is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every year, survivors of suicide loss across the world are united at events in hundreds of cities spanning 6 continents.  They gather to help each other cope with the tragedy of losing someone to suicide.

People who have survived the loss of a loved one to suicide can find help from others who have been through the same experience. They understand the grief, guilt, anger, and confusion. There is comfort and hope in knowing that you are not alone.

National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day started in 1999 by Senator Harry Reid, a survivor of his father’s suicide. Since then, it has been set aside by the US Congress as a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. It always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Survivor Day Live Online Broadcast

November 21st, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Survivors of SuicideNational Survivors of Suicide Loss Day can be life changing. The day is set aside for people affected by suicide loss to get together to find comfort as they share stories of healing and hope.

For many people, this is the first time they realize they are not alone. Hearing stories from others who have been through the same thing can be helpful.

If you can’t attend a Survivors of Suicide Loss Day gathering, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting “Survivor Day Live” on November 22 at 1pm EST. This online broadcast is hosted by fellow suicide loss survivors and experts on coping with a suicide loss.  For information on joining the broadcast, go to

What can you do to stop bullying

November 19th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

All adults have a role in stopping bullying – here’s some key items you need to know:



Stand Up! (to bullying)

November 18th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Celebrate National Family Caregiver Month

November 17th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

NFCMThere are more than 90 million Americans who are family caregivers. This is a great time to recognize their efforts.

With the ranks of family caregivers growing every year, it’s important to recognize the role they play.   They help with emotional, nursing, financial, and housekeeping services among other things.  Caregiving can be on a daily or part-time basis and can extend for a few years or a lifetime.

This is a great time to thank, support, educate, and celebrate family caregivers. They are America’s primary long-term care providers. In fact, eighty percent of long-term care is provided by families or friends.

You can celebrate National Family Caregivers Month by:

  • Offer to help a family caregiver so they can have a needed break.
  • Send a card or flowers to brighten a family caregiver’s day.
  • Help a family caregiver decorate for the holidays
  • Offer to address envelopes for a caregiver’s holiday cards.

Prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community.

Bullying Awareness Week November 16-22

November 16th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

November 16-22 is Bullying Awareness week – an opportunity for anyone in communities around the world to work together on preventing bullying through education and awareness. This year’s theme is “Stand Up!” (to bullying)

Learn more about bullying, what it is, how to know if your child is being bullied, and what to do about it!


November 22 is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 10th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Senator Harry Reid, whose father committed suicide, shepherded a resolution in the US Congress declaring the Saturday before Thanksgiving, “National Survivors of Suicide Day.” Since the resolution passed in 1999, survivors have gathered in community groups to share their loss and help those in similar situations with grieving.

Survivors of Suicide Loss day brings together individuals for a day of comfort, healing and hope. Gatherings are being coordinated in Arizona by community stakeholders. Several of these will include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s screening of “The Journey” – a documentary about a group of folks who have survived the loss of a loved one to suicide.

In Tucson, the documentary, along with a conversation, will be shown at Catalina Methodist Church from 2-6 pm, November 22. For more information, email:

Other resources include:

For more information about these resources or events above contact

Arnold v. Sarn Fidelity Reviews Posted

November 4th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

In September 2014, Governor Brewer signed the dismissal agreement for the historic Arnold v. Sarn case against the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

Among the aspects of the agreement, officials at the health department agreed to implement national fidelity tools to measure the quality of services being provided in four behavioral health services.

Four new staff members, trained by officials from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), were hired during the summer. They are now in the field and have completed the first handful of provider reports.

The reports, along with provider responses (when submitted), are posted on the 15th of each month here.

For more information about the case and its progress, visit: