AHCCCS Joins New Initiative to Prevent Veteran Suicide in Arizona

The risk of suicide is three times higher among Arizona veterans than non-veterans. That’s just one reason AHCCCS is a leadership partner in a collaborative initiative to decrease the number of veteran suicides in Arizona by increasing access to resources and support. Launched April 19, 2017, Be Connected joins public and private sector partners in an unprecedented effort help every member of our communities play an active role in preventing veteran suicide.

“Whether it’s the librarian, the home health aide, the teacher, coworker or neighbor, every person can make a difference in someone’s life. We are asking all Arizonans to help our community to be connected,” said Thomas Winkel, Director of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families.

“Every person can make a difference in someone’s life.”

The Be Connected program encourages everyone to “call, match, or learn” about available resources. A 24/7 support line is available to those in crisis. A Resource Match Tool helps people find the right resources for each individual and unique family situation. Training, including in-person and online options, is also available to equip peers and supporters with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help veterans.

Other leadership partners include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arizona Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, the Arizona National Guard, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Find more information about the #beconnected effort at www.BeConnectedAZ.org or by contacting 1-866-4AZ-VETS or connect@arizonacoalition.orgef

New Film Explores Future of the VA

The Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement at ASU is screening “VA – The Human Cost of War,” a new film about the VA by Rick Burns.  From emotional and personal contemporary accounts to a revealing history of the VA itself, the film aims to have a national conversation about the future of the VA.  Creator/producer, Lois Pope, and director Rick Burns will attend the screening, scheduled for May 16 and 17, 2017.  Times and location will be announced soon. For more information, please contact Nancy Dallett at Nancy.Dallett@asu.edu.

Crisis Management Training Offered for Families

Marc Community Resources, Inc. is holding a four-hour training on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Participants will be trained to prevent potential crises, improve communication with loved ones, and use positive verbal interventions.  For more information, please contact Dawn McReynolds at 480.244.8110 or email dawn.mcreynolds@marccr.com.