with a conscience.
With national attention focused on traumatic events, mental health crisis, and Mental Health First Aid, NARBHA opened the conference with a free preconference on May 16 for educators, first responders, juvenile justice experts, and community leaders.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. NARBHA, the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA), and clients at Arizona Youth Partnership in Kingman together folded 1000 origami cranes as a symbol of hope and healing for people coping with mental illness.
With those cranes, FALA students created mobiles for a silent auction at the conference. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to support creative arts programs at NAZCARE, a peer-support recovery organization with facilities throughout Northern Arizona.
Recognizing that many great artists, scientists, business executives, and scholars have succeeded despite living with a mental illness, FALA students created an exhibition of work highlighting some of these accomplishments.
NARBHA'S 3rd Annual Healthcare Integration Conference featured presentations by consultants provided through SAMHSA's Promoting Alternatives to Use of Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices program.
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During the main conference program on May 17, our nationally recognized speakers captivated the attention of physicians, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, clinicians, and alternative care providers with the goal of shaping a new system of care informed by a greater understanding of trauma on whole health throughout the lifespan.
Keynote presentions offered advanced evidence-based research on the benefits of compassion-based healing practices.
NARBHA and its providers are conducting a series of free Mental Health First Aid training courses as part of Mental Health Awareness month. Director of Behavioral Health for the Arizona Department of Health Services, Cory Nelson, reviewed the state's MHFA Arizona program, which includes NARBHA's classes.