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:



Parents Invited to Suicide Prevention Conversation Feb. 25

Officials from Chandler Unified School District have partnered with the State of Arizona’s Attorney General’s office to provide a community presentation on suicide prevention. At 6 pm, Monday, February 25th, Leslie Russell from the Attorney General’s office will present regarding the signs of suicide, how to identify warning signs, and what risk and protective factors there are for youth suicidality. Be Smart, a community agency, will also be providing free gun locks during the event.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25
WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts: 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler
ADMISSION: Free, but reserve tickets

All parents are invited to attend. The presentation will also be provided in Spanish.

AHCCCS, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, is working to improve access to behavioral health services in schools statewide. This is one strategy to reducing suicides in Arizona. To participate in the upcoming statewide suicide prevention plan meeting to be held March 18th at AHCCCS, email suicide prevention coordinator Kelli Williams:



Medication Assisted Treatment Symposiums To Focus on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Strategies

Opioid epidemicIn collaboration with the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, AHCCCS will host two MAT Symposiums in Safford and Lake Havasu City this summer. Discussion will focus on how Arizona is using clinically effective prevention and treatment strategies to best serve those impacted by the opioid epidemic, and what initiatives the state is using to combat this health crisis. The events are free and open to MAT providers, treatment providers, physical health providers, harm reduction organizations, justice system partners and interested community members.
WHEN: July 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Graham County General Services Building, 921 W Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ 8554
WHEN: August 3, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
WHERE: ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City, Room 109, 100 University Way, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403