Volunteers Needed for Suicide Prevention Event

La Frontera Arizona/EMPACT’s Suicide Prevention Center is hosting its third annual Rally Point AZ Veterans’ event Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Rawhide Western Town. This event honors veterans, and raises awareness and funds for Rally Point AZ programs, which provide services to Arizona veterans in crisis, including suicide prevention.

The event includes a 22 kilometer road march by 22 Veterans, representing the 22 veteran suicides per day that occur nationally. There will also be live music and festival activities for the family.  A special added event for this year is the inaugural “Rally Point Arizona Run”– a half-marathon and 5K, both starting and ending at Rawhide.

Volunteers for the event are needed. For more information: https://rpazrun.phxfr.org/.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

In 2015, more than 1300 Arizonans died by suicide. Stakeholders in Arizona are coming together during the next few weeks to have more conversations about what can be done to prevent suicide. Events include:

 

The majority of those who died by suicide in Arizona, and nationally, are Caucasian males aged 65 and older. Guns and prescription drugs are the most common means. If you or someone you love is considering suicide, please call: 1-800-273-8255. Together, we can prevent suicide!

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AHCCCS Works With Phoenix VA to Prevent Suicide

In 2015, there were more than 1,300 deaths by suicide in Arizona. It is estimated 20 veterans die by suicide daily in the United States. To address this serious issue to Arizona’s public health, staff from AHCCCS – alongside many community stakeholders and Senator John McCain’s office – are working with staff from the Phoenix VA to prevent such deaths.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans was passed by Congress in 2015. The legislation outlines federal efforts to better coordinate data and prevention efforts at VA hospitals nationally. The Phoenix VA was selected as a pilot project for the legislation.

AHCCCS staff members are working with the group to provide statewide data and information on successful prevention programs. More information on the 2016 State Plan to End Suicide can be found here, where veterans are highlighted as one of the six priority populations for suicide prevention in Arizona.

For more information about suicide prevention efforts at AHCCCS, contact: Kelli Donley kelli.donley@azahcccs.gov

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