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:



Jeremyah Walk to Raise Funds for Survivors of Suicide

All are invited to participate in the 13th annual Jeremyah Memorial 5k Walk/Run on 9:30 a.m., Saturday, February 9th  at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Walkers gather prior at the Ruben Romero Corporate Ramada at 8 a.m.

The annual event is organized by EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center. All funding raised from the event will be used to support local survivors of suicide programming, including support groups and loss response teams.

AHCCCS works closely with EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center to reduce the suicides in Arizona. Officials from EMPACT and other behavioral health providers, including community stakeholders, are invited to participate in a conversation regarding the 2019 State Plan to End Suicide. For more information about the meeting, email:

For more information about the walk, visit: