HH4Y Transfers to Arizona Youth Partnership
After exciting growth, Help & Hope for YOUth, the youth mental health initiative started in 2018 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona, will now be an initiative of Arizona Youth Partnership, effective January 1, 2021. Arizona Youth Partnership will create the opportunity for statewide expansion of the initiative and provide infrastructure support for the Help & Hope for YOUth Alliance, currently with over 50 members from Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties.
Following several months, many meetings and with your input, we mutually agree the mission of Arizona Youth Partnership aligns with the goals of Help & Hope for YOUth and the focus on prevention and youth. Help & Hope for YOUth’s mission is to reduce the stigma of mental health conditions so youth ages 10-24 get the help they need when symptoms first appear. Arizona Youth Partnership builds solid foundations for youth and families by partnering with Arizona communities to prevent and solve local issues such as substance abuse, youth homelessness, lack of educational opportunities, teen pregnancy, and challenging family dynamics. With Help & Hope for YOUth joining Arizona Youth Partnership, more community organizations and individuals will be mobilized to help young people struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, especially as they cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAMI Southern Arizona will continue to be involved in the Help & Hope for YOUth Initiative and is now providing the stigma reduction program Ending the Silence online. Ending the Silence is available for students, school staff and families to learn about the symptoms of mental illness and how to ask for help. Contact NAMI Southern Arizona at 520-622-5582 or www.namisa.org to learn more.
As we look to 2021 and beyond, we hope you’ll join in our excitement about being a part of Arizona Youth Partnership and the future of youth mental health!
Arizona School Safety Task Force Releases Final Report and Model School Safety Plan
After over one year of Help & Hope for YOUth serving on the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Task Force, a final report and model school plan has been released.
The School Safety Task Force was formed after House Bill 2597 introduced by Representative Daniel Hernandez working with students with March for Our Lives failed to pass. In partnership with March for Our Lives, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman created the statewide School Safety Task Force which focused on school climate, prevention, mental health, and relationship building. The task force report provides recommendations intended to be the basis for Arizona to be a state where all students feel connected and safe in their schools and where family and community members have confidence in the leadership for school safety. The final report and plan can be accessed below.