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ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and Mental Health America of Arizona (MHA AZ) are proud to announce this year’s conference, B4STAGE4: Starting the Conversation, to take place May 20–21 at the Salvation Army's Phoenix Citadel Corps during National Mental Health Awareness Month. The conference will offer 20 breakout sessions on topics such as: prevention and early intervention; family and self-advocacy to navigate the system; enhancing system collaboration and support; and stigma reduction.

Conference Location:
The Salvation Army's Phoenix Citadel Corps
628 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85006



View conference brochure:  mhaaz_seeds_b4stage4_brochure.pdf

View conference flyer:  seeds_b4stage4_conference_flyer.pdf


Our audience will be comprised of people with lived experience of mental illness and their family members, as well as educators, clergy and other community members interested in the prevention and early detection of mental illness. Featured keynote speakers will include Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America, and author of the critically acclaimed book Losing Tim: How our Health and Education Systems Failed my Son with Schizophrenia.

"To promote the mental health and well-being of all Arizonans through education, advocacy, and the shaping of public policy." 

B4STAGE4

​When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs or symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?