September 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week and The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is partnering with Spectrum Healthcare Group to host a panel of community members who have attempted suicide and are willing to share their stories so people can better understand this trauma which is the 8th leading cause of death in Arizona. On average in Arizona, one person dies by suicide every 7 hours according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
According to Barbara Litrell, President of the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, “We keep trying to find out what our community can do to help prevent suicide. That will be one of the questions we will ask our panelists. What could family, friends and community do to help someone experiencing the emotional crisis leading to suicide? We are really grateful to our panelists willing to share their stories.”
The program will take place on Thursday, September 14, 4:45PM-6:45PM at the Jewish Community Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Dr, Sedona. A soup supper will be served at 4:45 and the panel will begin at 5:15PM. The program is free and open to the public.
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is an all volunteer 501C3 organization whose mission is to build support and eliminate the stigma for individuals and families challenged by mental health issues through education, outreach, advocacy, community conversations and support services. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, but it takes more than good thoughts to feed, house, clothe and care for people in need. If you would like to help, please consider donating via one of the following links listed below:
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Rd. Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238
The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline at 713-861-3010 as is accepting donations on its website.
So proud to once again be a part of Step Up Arizona, a David’s Hope event honoring law enforcement officers for outstanding service to people in mental health crisis, judicial officers for outstanding service in criminal justice mental health collaboration, and community members who have shown outstanding leadership in growing mental health criminal justice collaboration in Arizona.
Life moves fast, and the older we get, the faster it seems to move. Time spent with work, family, children and the day-to-day responsibilities involved with simply living on this planet means that most of us look at the clock at some point during the day and say in disbelief, “Is it that time ALREADY?” In fact, American moms report having just 36 minutes of free time per day.
So when it comes to making choices in healthcare, it’s no wonder patients opt for convenience. Finding healthcare that fits with busy schedules, yet affords patients the same conveniences they find in other areas of their life, has never been more important. In fact, in a recent 2016 study, researchers, responding to the ever-changing healthcare climate, set out to discover what is most important to consumers when it comes to their healthcare needs. The study focused on people from all walks of life: varied age groups, income and education levels, and ethnicities. In the list of the top three items most important to consumers was, you guessed it, convenience.
In response to a world that moves fast, healthcare organizations are finding new and better ways to meet their patients’ needs, offer convenience, but still deliver value.
At Spectrum Healthcare, we understand this completely.
“Patients, now more than ever, are looking for healthcare solutions that work with their busy lifestyles,” says April Rhodes, Spectrum CEO. “They want speed, efficiency, convenience, ease, and, of course, value. But convenience isn’t all: they want to be listened to; they want to be understood, they want their needs met fully and completely, and they want it done in a timely manner so that they can get back to work, school and life. They don’t want to compromise on care; they just want efficient care.”
“The matter of convenience is important everywhere we go,” April continues, “but nowhere more important than healthcare. After all, being sick means you don’t feel well, and nobody wants to wait to feel better. Patients want what we all want: minimal wait times to be seen, shorter waiting room times and a good availability of appointments. It is essential that healthcare organizations not only listen, but respond to the needs of their community. This is why in 2017, we expanded ALL of our services to ALL of our locations: Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona. It means that no matter what Spectrum Healthcare location you visit, you will be able to access all of our services under one roof: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Counseling. No more driving around to get the help you need; it’s all in one place. We even took it a step further by offering same day appointments, walk-in hours, and a brand new E-Visit option coming very soon, allowing busy patients to access a healthcare provider via a “virtual visit” from the comfort of their computer or mobile device if they can’t make it in.”
“All these things work together for the good of the patient. The easier it is for someone to access care, the more likely they will continue to seek out care and adhere to their healthcare plan. The fewer obstacles people have to navigate; the fewer hurdles patients have on their path to Good Health, the greater the odds they will stay on the path. And that’s our goal.”
Funding disclaimer: Spectrum Healthcare is contracted through Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC), the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache, Gila and Mohave counties. Funds for services are provided through a contract with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
Spectrum Healthcare serves all patients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered depending upon family size and income.