Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional, peer or family support can be engaged. In the 12-hour, two-day course, Mental Health First Aid training teaches people a five-step action plan to help someone in a mental health crisis or someone showing symptoms of mental illness. To help remember the steps, course participants learn a mnemonic, A-L-G-E-E:
- A: Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
- L: Listen non-judgmentally.
- G: Give reassurance and information.
- E: Encourage appropriate professional help.
- E: Encourage self-help and other support strategies.
In central Arizona, Mental Health First Aid trainers have reached more than 500 community members since the statewide initiative launched in spring 2011. Those who are interested in becoming trained in Mental Health First Aid should visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website dedicated to this initiative implementation, http://www.azdhs.gov/bhs/mhfa.htm. The website contains additional information on the program and a list of upcoming training sessions and contact information for instructors if anyone wants to host the training for their group or organization.
Mental Health First Aid USA is disseminated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. To learn more about the Mental Health First Aid program, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org
National Recovery Month (Every Year in September)
Celebrated each September, National Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Each year during the month of September, Magellan and its mental health partners, host a series of events and public outreach opportunities to focus on recovery and emphasize the importance of collaboration in continuing the positive transformation of central Arizona's behavioral health system.
- Recovery Month Fact Sheet
- Recovery Month special issue focusing on the importance of integrated health care within the African-American community in partnership with The Arizona Informant
- National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14:
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
The journey to health, hope and recovery, a message from Dr. Richard Clarke, Magellan of Arizona CEO
Community Council Meetings
Each month, Magellan hosts two community council meetings in order to get input from behavioral health recipients, family members, clinicians, advocates, and others in the community. One community council is focused on the adult system of care and the other community council is focused on the children's system of care. Senior staff from Magellan will be in attendance in order to hear input, recommendations, learn about any barriers to service and brainstorm solutions for overcoming those barriers. If you have any questions about the community councils, please e-mail CommunityCouncils@MagellanHealth.com.
Adult Community Advisory Council
The Adult Community Advisory Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Magellan of Arizona's Camelback Community Room (4801 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034).
Child and Family Advisory Partnership
The Child and Family Advisory Partnership meets the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Involvement Center's (5333 N. 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014)
Governance Board Meeting Schedule & Information