About The Campaign
NAMI Arizona, Family Involvement Center (FIC), the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC), Community Bridges, Hope Lives and Magellan Health Services of Arizona joined forces to educate the community about mental health issues and to highlight ordinary people affected by mental illness who are conquering their mental illness and making extraordinary contributions to others and the community.
Mental Illness Strikes 1 in 4
Behavioral health is complex and misunderstood. This website provides information, resources, events and activities about mental health and substance abuse. The site includes a calendar of events, highlights of individuals living with a mental illness, facts and statistics on mental health, resources for where to go for help and links to NAMI Arizona, FIC, the MHAC, Community Bridges, Hope Lives and Magellan Health Services of Arizona.
Click here to go to the information and resources page.
Extraordinary People Campaign
The Extraordinary People Campaign aims to put a face on the issue of mental illness and recovery through “Extraordinary People” who make valuable contributions to our community despite experiencing mental illness and/or dealing with substance abuse issues.
While mental illness is a challenge, it is not insurmountable. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of mental health partners in central Arizona, we are building an even stronger mental health system to help the one in four individuals touched by mental illness on their recovery journeys.
While Extraordinary People are ordinary people like you and me, they are extraordinary in their determination to overcome their mental health challenges in order to realize a fulfilling life in the community, a rewarding job, and renewed and loving relationships with family and friends.
These "Extraordinary People" represent any one of us who could be touched by mental health or substance abuse issues. By sharing their stories of recovery and achievements, they help to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and demonstrate the overall progress and specific accomplishments of central Arizona's behavioral health system.
Click here to go to the "Extraordinary People" page.
Individuals living with serious mental illness often face physical health issues. Lifestyle issues such as tobacco use—approximately 75 percent smoke tobacco—and lack of exercise due to isolation can make matters worse. In addition, some medications prescribed for mental illness can cause weight gain or even make diabetes worse. Since 2011, Magellan and its provider partners have brought together physical and mental health care providers to collaborate to achieve the best whole health outcomes for people with serious mental illness.
Healthy Heroes recognizes individuals in recovery not just from mental illness or substance use but from physical conditions that were robbing them of their health and well-being.
Read more about these Health Heroes
The Green Ribbon
The symbol for Children’s Mental Health Awareness is the green ribbon. In the 1800s, the color green was used to brand people with mental illness and publicly label them “insane.” The children's mental health community decided to continue using the color green, but with a completely different focus. Green signifies new life, new growth and new beginnings. Therefore, we wear green ribbons to raise public awareness, better the lives of children and youth with serious emotional disorders, and show our support to these children and their families.