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  • Community Mental Health and Addiction

    For Immediate Help

    If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255 for help.
    If you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 9-1-1.
    If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call (520) 622-6000 or 1-866-495-6735.

    Contact Us

    Contact by email CMHA@pima.gov

    About Community Mental Health and Addiction Program

    The Community Mental Health and Addiction (CMHA) Program's mission is to emphasize and bring greater awareness to the most critical issues surrounding mental health, including suicide prevention and the drug overdose epidemic, by connecting vulnerable people with available resources, responding to community-wide trends, and improving the overall health and education of the community. 

    Mental health is part of our overall well-being. But it is often misunderstood, misrepresented, and stigmatized. This leads to fear and causes people to hide their mental health concerns, even preventing or delaying them seeking help. It takes an average of 11 years for someone to seek treatment for a mental health concern.

    Nearly half of all U.S. adults will experience at least one form of mental illness at some point in their lives, but only 41% of those will get the professional health care they need. 

    To address these concerns and the needs of our community, CMHA uses data to respond to community-wide trends. The team does this through 5 areas:
    • Epidemiology
    • Overdose Fatality Review
    • Linkages to Care
    • Outreach and Education
    • Targeted Naloxone Distribution

    Join a Class

    PCHD is working to make as many trainings and workshops available online as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Programs available online are marked with **

    CPSMP | Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

    This six-week workshop helps participants better manage their chronic pain and help them feel better, move better, and improve their quality of life. Developed by Stanford University, this research-based program is designed for people who live with chronic pain or their family members or caregivers. Topics include: techniques to better deal with frustration, stress, and fatigue; benefits of physical activity; foods and chronic pain; pacing activity and rest; setting goals; communication skills; and more!

    Narcan Training** 

    A one-hour presentation on how to administer the nasal spray, Narcan, when a person has a suspected overdose from opioids. Upon completion of this training, Narcan kits are distributed for participants to carry.

    QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention**

    This 1-2 hour training is designed to teach "gatekeepers" how to respond to the warning signs of a suicide crisis. Gatekeepers include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk suicide such as parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, or police officers. Gatekeepers are licensed for 3 years following this training.

    SFP | Strengthening Families Program | Class starting Oct. 21, 2020! Register now!

    An evidence-based, family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills, family relationships, social competencies and school performance; and to reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and substance misuse in children. SFP is a multi-week curriculum for parents/guardians and their school-aged children. Weekly incentives and a graduations gift provided.

    MHFA | Mental Health First Aid (Youth/Adult)

    Two separate evidence-based trainings are available for adults who interact with youth or other adults. Both provide information on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health or substance use challenges, offer and provide initial help, and guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Certification is good for 3 years.

    NAMI ETS | NAMI Ending the Silence**

    This 50-minute presentation, designed for middle and high school students, includes warning signs, statistics, and tools to seek help for themselves or a friend dealing with a mental health concern. A second young adult presenter shares their journey of recovery.

    Rx360**

    This one-hour presentation focuses on development, implementation, and assessment of relevant and proven strategies to halt, reverse, and diminish the opioid crisis in Arizona. Aimed at increasing awareness and education about prescription drug misuse and abuse, it can be tailored to high school or middle school students, parents, or the general public.

    Stress Management**

    This one-hour presentation discusses methods of reducing stress during crisis situations. Various positive coping strategies that help reduce stress while being mindful of an individual's environment are discussed. A group breathing exercise is put into practice so each participant has the opportunity to experience relaxation of both mind and body.

    Free online Naloxone training**

    An online training offered through the Arizona Department of Health Services.

    Share the Message

    #CheckinChallenge

    A social media hashtag challenge that encourages people to check in with themselves and others via phone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic. This toolkit includes specific questions/prompts to make the challenge actionable. Content is in both English and Spanish.

    Awareness Days

    January
    February
    March
    • Kick Butts Day
    April
    • DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back
    • Alcohol Awareness Month
    • NAMI Walk
    • Child Abuse Awareness Month
    May
    • National Mental Health Month
    • National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
    • National Prevention Week
    June
    • Marijuana Use and Abuse Awareness Month
    July
    • Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Month
    • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
    August
    • International Overdose Awareness Day
    • National Wellness Month
    September
    • National Suicide Prevention Day
    • National Suicide Prevention Week
    • National Substance Abuse and Prevention Month
    • National Recovery Month
    • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
    October
    • World Mental Health Day
    • DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    • National Depression Screening Day
    • Mental Illness Awareness Week
    • National Red Ribbon Week
    • College Alcohol Awareness Week
    • National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
    November
    • Blackout Tobacco / Great American Smokeout
    December
    • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
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