About The Campaign
NAMI Arizona, Family Involvement Center (FIC), the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC), Community Bridges, and Magellan 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 and Magellan 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 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.
Annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and Day
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9. 2013
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is a day for everyone to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.
On Thursday, May 9, 2013, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day marks its eighth anniversary, with a focus on the topic of exposing the stigma and bias that surround mental health. Communities across the country will observe the day with events, youth demonstrations, and social networking campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and increase understanding of the mental health needs of children and their families. Awareness Day highlights facts to dispel the myths that create stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health.
Did you know?
- More treatments, services, and community support systems are available than ever before, and more are in the works.
- People with mental illnesses lead active, productive lives.
- You should respect the rights of people with mental illnesses and avoid discriminating against them when it comes to housing, employment, or education. Like other people with disabilities, people with mental health problems are protected under federal and state laws.
Annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 5-11, 2013
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health declares the first full week in May as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children’s mental health movement.
The theme for the 2013 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is: Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma. This theme focuses on educating about children’s mental health and promoting comprehensive, grass-root efforts to end scrutiny, discrimination and repercussions that keep children, youth and families in need of care from seeking help.
The National Federation invites their chapters and statewide organizations to use the week to promote positive mental health, well-being, and social development for all children and youth. The National Federation maintains that children and youth emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges:
- Have strengths and make valuable contributions to their families
- Are people first and deserve the same love, care, and attention as any other person
- Have a right to safely participate in community life, live with their families, and attend school
- Come from diverse backgrounds and must be treated with dignity and respect
- Must receive all the services and supports necessary to achieve their potential.
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.