Click HERE for a list of Mental Health Resources.
The advisory board members for the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding recognize that the stigmas attached to mental illness are major reasons why individuals do not receive the treatment they need.
The fund’s Mental Health Task Force was established to gather information about the resources available at local, state and national levels, and to provide an open forum for respectful discussion about the challenges related to mental illness faced by individuals and the community.
We believe that mental health issues are relevant to everyone just as physical health issues can affect us all. Our focus is to raise
awareness about the critical need to eliminate the stigmas attached to mental illness and to understand that mental illness can affect everyone. We have also compiled a list of resources for those in need.
Members of the Mental Health Task Force joined together, and with support from the Pima County Attorney’s Office, created a network of mental health care providers to be present at the majority of the anniversary events remembering January 8. We designed buttons and posters and helped coordinate those trained in mental health first aid to be present and visible at more than 20 different planned events.
With support from Cox Communications, we have delivered the message of stigma elimination through taped public service announcements featuring recognizable community leaders. They have shared their personal or family issues related to mental illness and encourage everyone to help eliminate the stigma related to mental illness.
The fund also has a list of some health care providers and resources available for those seeking mental health help.
The Fund’s Mental Health Task Force merged with the Community Partnership for Southern Arizona’s Stigma Reduction Committee in September of 2012. We meet monthly, the third Monday of each month at the CPSA Training Center. Our current focus is on creating a pilot program for stigma reduction in downtown Tucson. Our goal is to educate downtown businesses, government employees, first responder, faith communities and homeowners about mental illness. Within this educational training we would also supply resources for supporting those with mental illness. Once educated individuals and organizations could choose their level of involvement in continuing to share this message. Our goal is to begin educating in downtown in September of 2013.
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