During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, AHCCCS is working with state agencies, organizations, and coalitions to educate citizens about the role that everyone plays in preventing suicides. Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed September 2022 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Arizona, citing that:
In coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), suicide prevention is included in the 2021-2025 Arizona Health Improvement Plan.
During the next five years, public health partners will focus on: increasing the number of individuals who receive an approved, evidence-based suicide prevention training; increasing access to mental health management resources, with a particular focus on remote options (telehealth therapy/psychiatry/addiction support appointments, virtual support groups, mental health first aid, etc.); and increasing awareness and use of population-based mental health and wellness resources, developing strategies to close gaps.
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