To educate the public regarding understanding, awareness and acceptance of mental health issues in the general community, while working to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health in adults and children.
What we do
The coalition identifies and plans events that will promote mental health awareness and eliminate stigma associated with mental illness.
Through fundraising, the coalition sponsors the following events:
We offer a Mental Health Awareness scholarship for persons living with a mental illness in honor of the work of Dr. Max Dine and Marilyn Racer for their many years of dedicated services on behalf of the mental health community.
Who We Are
The Arizona Mental Health Awareness Coalition was formed in 1995 initially as the Mental Illness Candlelight Vigil. The Coalition has continued the annual tradition now known as the Candlelight Celebration. This event honors family, friends, community members, and national leaders who have been challenged by mental health disorders. These individuals have enriched lives and society through their love, friendship, work, art, research, and community activism. The Coalition focuses on educating the public, raising awareness about the importance of good mental health, advocating for recovery through improved treatments and reducing stigma associated with behavioral health and addiction disorders.
Become a member
Consider becoming a member of the Arizona Mental Health Awareness Coalition. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, 1406 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. All community members are welcome!