Some 1,400 Arizonans die by suicide annually; it is the eighth leading cause of death in Arizona. And yet, we can all play a role in helping to decrease this number in our communities. Remember to WAIT:

W: Watch for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behavior, including increase in substance use, sleep pattern changes, discussing death or suicide.

A: Ask, “Are you thinking of dying by suicide?”

I: It will pass. Reassure the person you’re speaking to that suicidal thoughts are treatable and you will walk alongside them to get care.

T: Talk to others. Call the crisis line for immediate guidance on next steps.

Resources:

Maricopa County served by Mercy Care:
1-800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444

Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties served by Arizona Complete Health – Complete Care Plan:
1-866-495-6735

Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties served by Health Choice Arizona:
1-877-756-4090

Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities:
1-800-259-3449

Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community:
1-855-331-6432

For more crisis resources, see the AHCCCS Crisis web page.

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