University of Arizona Offers Graduate Certificate Program in Military Families

The University of Arizona is now offering a 12 credit graduate certificate in working with military families. The program aims to improve professionals regarding military and cultural leadership, normative family processes, and stress and coping strategies. Students will learn about cultural competency regarding providing services and working with members of the military and their families.

Courses include: Understanding the Modern United States Military Family, Trauma Informed Care, and Leadership, Mentoring and Advocacy, among others. 

“In order to understand and work with our military and veteran population, one must first understand where they came from, that being the military,” said Cody Nicholls, Assistant Dean of Students, Military and Veteran Engagement.

For more information, email Dr. Sheena Brown:


CDC Releases Suicide Report Among Lesbian and Gay Males

The Centers for Disease Control recently released the first known study regarding suicides deaths among lesbian and gay individuals. Suicides among Lesbian and Gay Male Individuals: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System is a summary of multi-state surveillance system data.

The report found a great presence of physical heath, job, and relationship problems among gay male decedents, and intimate partner/other relationship problems among lesbian decedents. Diagnosed behavioral health conditions and a history of suicide planning and intent were also more common for both lesbian and gay males.

The findings are important to public health to better target culturally sensitive programming for the lesbian and gay population. Data used for the survey was gathered from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003-2014 from 18 US states.

For more information on the report contact

Arizona’s state suicide prevention plan is being reviewed March 18, 2019 at AHCCCS. For information about the meeting, contact


Suicide Prevention Training Offered

safeTALK, a nationally recognized suicide prevention training,  will be offered to interested community members in northern Arizona.  The training is presented by two community partners: MATFORCE, and Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yavapai County.

SafeTALK teaches participants to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts, how to engage with someone considering suicide, and how to connect with available community resources. The training costs $20, which includes a participant resource kit.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 1
WHERE: Step One Coffee House, 6719 E. 2nd Street, Prescott Valley, AZ.
To register for the event, visit:\

One of the goals of the Arizona State Plan to End Suicide is to encourage community members to be trained in safeTALK. For more information about the state plan, or about suicide prevention efforts in Arizona, contact Kelli Williams: