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: jtucker@pasaderanetwork.org

Other resources include:

www.tucsonsuicideprevention.com

www.survivorday.org

For more information about these resources or events above contact Kelli.Donley@azdhs.gov.

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: www.azdhs.gov/bhs/arnold-v-sarn/

Reminder – Nov. 3 suicide prevention meeting

November 2nd, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

This is a friendly reminder to join us at a community meeting near you to learn more about your role in preventing suicide.

Suicide has a huge effect on our communities. You are invited to help turn Arizona’s plan into action to prevent suicide. Everyone can play a part and make a difference.  Please, plan on attending and bring friends, family and co-workers.  We can work together to prevent suicide.

Everyone is welcome, join us at:

TUCSON:           1-3 pm, Monday, November 3 at CPSA: 2502 N. Dodge, Suite 130

SCOTTSDALE: 9-11 am, Wednesday, November 5: Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Two Waters Tribal Administration, Bldg. A -Akimel (River) Rooms A109A – A109B, 10005 E. Osborn Road

FLAGSTAFF:      9:30-11:30 am, Wednesday, November 12 at NARBHA: 1300 South Yale St.

For a copy of the state suicide prevention plan, currently in draft format for public comment and review, or for more information about the meetings – contact: Kelli M. Donley, kelli.donley@azdhs.gov

State Suicide Prevention Plan Under Review

October 31st, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Regional state meetings are again happening during the next two weeks to hear from providers, community members and stakeholders about their opinions of the state suicide prevention plan.

 

Comments and participation from the public are welcomed.

 

The meeting details are:

 

TUCSON:           1-3 pm, Monday, November 3 at CPSA: 2502 N. Dodge, Suite 130

SCOTTSDALE: 9-11 am, Wednesday, November 5: Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Two Waters Tribal Administration, Bldg. A -Akimel (River) Rooms A109A – A109B, 10005 E. Osborn Road

FLAGSTAFF:      9:30-11:30 am, Wednesday, November 12 at NARBHA: 1300 South Yale St.

For a copy of the state suicide prevention plan, currently in draft format for public comment and review, or for more information about the meetings – contact: Kelli M. Donley, kelli.donley@azdhs.gov

Wear RED day – observing substance abuse prevention month

October 31st, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, staff at ADHS painted our hallways with various shades of RED as they showed their support for substance abuse prevention month.   …not all staff made it to the group photo but here are those who did: substance abuse prevention wear red day Thank you everyone for all your activities throughout this October – and remember to keep up the great work of prevention throughout the whole year!

Substance abuse prevention is key to ensure the health of teens and young adults. Prevention strategies can address the problem at the root and help people choose healthier lifestyle options – they can stop addiction before it occurs.  Keeping our teens drug-free improves both academic performance and workforce readiness.

According to The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) “2012 National Drug Control Strategy,” each $1.00 invested in an evidence-based prevention program can reduce costs related to substance use disorders by an average of $18.00.  Click here to read our national strategy.

Keep your kids from using drugs or alcohol

October 26th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan 1 comment »

Start Early

The chance your child will use drugs or alcohol goes up as he or she gets older. The average age a child first tries drugs is 13. Drug use is seen as a major problem for kids as early as fourth grade.

Alcohol use starts even earlier. About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol. By age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent. The sooner you talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol, the greater chance you have of making sure they stay away from alcohol and drugs.

It is never too early to talk to your child about alcohol and drugs.

What You Can Do

  • Be a positive adult role model.
  • Be aware of risk factors.
  • Support your kids, and give them space to grow.
  • Be prepared. Your child may become curious about alcohol; he or she may turn to you for answers and advice.
  • Use “natural” opportunities, such as dinner time or while doing chores, to start open, honest conversations about drinking.

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Learn more about addressing these issues with your kids and/or how to help a young person developing a mental health challenge; take a mental health first aid course near you!  www.mentalhealthfirstaidaz.com

 

 

 

Talking to your kids about substance use

October 24th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan 1 comment »

Talking with your children about substance use is not a five minute discussion and it’s not a one-time thing. Success is about keeping the conversation going. We’re all busy, but the more you talk to your kids about substance use, the more comfortable they’ll be talking to you about the subject.

If you find the right time to talk to your kids, it will have more impact. Some windows of opportunity to talk about substance use include:

  • When there is a school assembly about underage drinking.
  • Your teen is invited to a “big” party.
  • When an adult has had too much to drink.
  • After hearing a news story about alcohol-related accidents.
  • While watching a TV show where teens get in trouble with alcohol.

Take advantage of these moments to talk about the risks and effects of drug and alcohol use and make sure your teen stays safe and sober.

To learn more about this topic and also how to help a young person who may be developing a mental health challenge, try one of our mental health first aid courses available throughout the State: www.mentalhealthfirstaidaz.com.

Take the Prevention Pledge!

October 21st, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Commit yourself to prevention by taking the Prevention Pledge and share it with anyone interested in supporting healthy communities.

Work to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and encourage family and friends to do the same!

Here are a few ideas for how you can be part of prevention:

For more information and resources, go to:

http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/nationalpreventionmonth/