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

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