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Oct
14

Parenting Can Be Spooky: Tips for Helping Children Manage Stress

Raising Arizona Kids; Phoenix, AZ

While October is traditionally known for Halloween and spooky costumes, it is also a month that shines a light on mental health. Through awareness efforts such as Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, October is charged with helping others feel ok about saying they are not ok. Sarah Guertin, MSW, LCSW, a Program Director with SB&H's school-based programs, shares some tips for helping children manage stress.

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Oct
1

Southwest Behavioral Names New Vice President of Northern Arizona

Payson Roundup Article; Payson, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services has named Edward O’Brien vice president of Northern Arizona Operations. In the new role, O’Brien will oversee all northern Arizona operations. During his tenure at Southwest Behavioral, O’Brien has held several leadership roles, including community outreach specialist, senior team lead, housing coordinator, and most recently, interim regional program director for Mohave County and Payson.

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Oct
1

Mental Health Services Boom Amid Pandemic

North Central News Article; Phoenix, AZ

Mental health services are in high demand and additional resources, including Hope, may provide more opportunities for people in Phoenix to get the help they need. Francia Day, a licensed bilingual clinical psychologist and program director at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services in Phoenix, has seen the toll of the pandemic firsthand.

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Sep
7

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Promotes Edward O’Brien to Vice President of Northern Arizona Operations

The Standard Article; Kingman, AZ

Edward O’Brien has been promoted to Vice President of Northern Arizona Operations. In the new role, O’Brien will oversee all northern Arizona operations, including Mohave, Coconino, Yavapai, and Gila counties. O’Brien is a licensed associate substance abuse counselor in Arizona and has extensive experience in rural behavioral health program operations and regional management.

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Sep
1

Valley Doctor's Urgent Message on LGBTQIA Suicide Prevention and Awareness

OUTVoices Magazine Article; Phoenix, AZ

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s a time to raise awareness for what has long been a taboo topic. Mental health organizations everywhere use this time to share messages of hope, signs to watch for, and resources for help. 

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Aug
21

Southwest Behavioral Promotes Buttermore

The Glendale Star Article; Glendale, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services promoted Paul Buttermore to vice president of inpatient and crisis services. A licensed professional counselor, Buttermore has more than 10 years of experience in the behavioral health industry. He was most recently the program director of the permanent supportive housing and in-home counseling programs.

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Aug
11

Arizona’s Youth Endangered Amidst Rising Suicide Crisis

Daily Independent Article; Phoenix, AZ

After more than a year of surviving the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epidemic of suicide in children has risen dramatically. Last year alone, 7,000 teens in the U.S. have died by suicide. Problems with access to health care, economic struggles and the stigmas associated with mental illness and seeking support put teens at a higher risk of depression, anxiety and suicide. Knowing that the effects of COVID-19 can exacerbate these issues, there are a few things parents can do to check in on their children’s mental health.

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Aug
4

Valley Doctor Advocates for LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Access

OUTVoices Magazine Article; Phoenix, AZ

As a mental health advocate, it's not only Dr. William Marsh's profession but his passion to promote the importance of physical and psychological health. His long-term vision celebrates the diversity of our community and embraces inclusion, making the Valley a safe and welcoming place for all people. And nowhere is this more important than with the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Jul
12

GCU Connections Help Solve Job Puzzle for Students

GCU Today Article; Phoenix, AZ

The Psychology and Counseling advisory board at Grand Canyon University has led to a fruitful connection with Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) and its nearly 1,000 employees, who make it one of the largest behavioral health organizations in Arizona. SB&H President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Sheets is a GCU graduate and sits on the advisory board.

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Jul
10

How to Speak to Kids About Marijuana Now That It's Legal

AZ Central Article; Phoenix, AZ

Embrace the awkwardness. That’s one key bit of advice from experts for how parents might start a discussion about marijuana with children now that it is legal and more prevalent in Arizona. Here’s another: Talk to them early, and talk to them often. Thalia Williams, SB&H Director of Prevention Programs, contributed to a feature sharing information and resources for parents.

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