The Turquoise Ball paddle drive raised funds to deliver Mental Health First Aid® training in northern Arizona.

The Turquoise Ball paddle drive raised funds to deliver Mental Health First Aid® training in northern Arizona.

With suicide among the leading causes of death in northern Arizona* and other mental health challenges on the rise, the Foundation is involved in a community collaboration to improve mental and emotional wellbeing in the region. During our 2018 Turquoise Ball gala, we launched a fundraising initiative to bring Mental Health First Aid training to Northern Arizona Healthcare employees and community members. Our aim is to train more instructors to serve the region, and to deliver training to Northern Arizona Healthcare employees and community members.

Mental Health First Aid® is an eight-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Your donations have been instrumental in this effort, and have already been put to use. Earlier this year, 26 people—including Foundation 
staff, Northern Arizona Healthcare employees, and community members—participated in a Mental Health First Aid® course.

To all of you whose generosity has supported this initiative, Thank You for supporting the collective effort to train 50,000 people across the region in Mental Health First Aid®. 

*Source: Advancing Wellbeing in Northern Arizona: A Regional Health Equity Assessment, 2017

(Banner image): Newly-graduated Mental Health First Aiders with instructor Holly Figueroa (4th from right) of Steward Health Arizona