Prevention

Mercy Care's Prevention Department works with community coalitions and contracts with providers across the county to offer programs on substance abuse and suicide prevention across the lifespan. These programs aim to reduce underage drinking, youth marijuana use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and suicide.   

Each of our partner coalitions assesses the needs of their community and gathers input on what factors contribute to these issues. Then, they work to put in place programs that are culturally relevant, are proven to work based on data, and sustainable. Our programs include a combination of approaches from education to policy change, and services are offered for youth, families, and community members in a variety of settings.  What makes us unique is that we serve communities and individuals, not enrolled members.

Our partners:

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition (Maricopa County)

Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona (Maricopa County)

Helping Enrich African-American Lives (South/Southwest Phoenix) 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Consortium (Central Phoenix) 

Maricopa Elder Behavioral Health and Advocacy Coalition (Maricopa County)

Suicide Fact Sheets and Statistics:

http://www.suicidology.org/resources/facts-statistics

http://www.sprc.org/

Resources for Attempt Survivors:

http://www.suicidology.org/suicide-survivors/suicide-attempt-survivors

Resources for Loss Survivors:

http://www.suicidology.org/suicide-survivors/suicide-loss-survivors

National Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging:

http://suicidepreventionmessaging.actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/

Hotlines/Crisis Resources:

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Within Maricopa County, call 602-222-9444 (Crisis Response Network) or 480-784-1500 (Empact-LaFrontera) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Teen Lifeline 602-248-8336 (TEEN) / 1-800-248-8336 (TEEN) from 3-9 p.m. Arizona time

Alcohol:

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health

Marijuana:

http://www.samhsa.gov/atod/cannabis

http://marijuanaharmlessthinkagain.org/

Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse:

http://www.samhsa.gov/prescription-drug-misuse-abuse

Arizona RX Misuse and Abuse Initiative:

http://azcjc.gov/acjc.web/rx/

Get involved:

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Prevention Week