ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy update for April 3 — Teen suicide prevention and the LGBTQ kids

| April 8, 2019

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April 3, 2019

Joseph Garcia
Director of Communications & Community Impact

Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.

Senate Bill 1468 , which has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would provide training in suicide prevention for school counselors, teachers, principals and other education personnel who work with students in grades 6-12.

Experts note that sometimes there are symptoms of teens who are at higher risk for potential suicide: depression, feelings of isolation, mood changes, withdrawing from personal interaction, sudden euphoria, quick temper, erratic eating habits, etc.

Life being what it is, most if not all teens have experienced one or several of the symptoms and/or possible triggers at one time or another, making identification that much more difficult and that much more important.

But there are some important demographic facts that also cannot be ignored, including LGBTQ youth who are particularly vulnerable to suicide with unique challenges and issues.



Public art builds a sense of place amid stucco

City leaders for years have talked up revitalizing Old Town Peoria. They’re turning to public art projects, like those along Grand Avenue and in downtown Mesa, to give the historic district a unique sense of place.

The installation at the intersection of 83rd Drive and Washington Street is the first of five Peoria commissioned. Others, including 84th Avenue and Jefferson Street, are scheduled to finish in early May.

“It’s easy to drive through metro Phoenix and lose track of where one city ends and the next starts,” said Grady Gammage Jr., a land-use attorney, senior fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and author of “The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix.”

“Glendale officials have done a good job distinguishing the city’s historic downtown by attracting local businesses,” he said. “The west side has several mid-sized suburbs. They’re competing for an identity.”



Tuesday, April 16, 2019 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Who are our neighbors in need?
Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Our Community

Arizona Heritage Center
1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Join Melissa Kovacs, Ph.D., founder of FirstEval, LLC and associate director for research at Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University and Joanna Lucio, Ph.D., associate dean of Academic Affairs and an associate professor at Arizona State University for a presentation and discussion on who is in need of housing in the greater Phoenix community.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibit I Have A Name, a collection of black and white photographs by Jon Linton of people who live in and around our communities, who have no home to call their own. Attendees are invited to view the exhibit before the presentation.

$5 General Public / $4 AHS Members
RSVP to or 480-929-0292

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Downtown Community Outreach Program on Criminal Justice in Arizona

Westward Ho, Concho Room
618 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Register now!

This will be an action-focused discussion about the recommendations made during 2018 Arizona Town Hall meetings about Criminal Justice in Arizona.

Parking: Pay lots are available at North Central Avenue and East Fillmore Street, just north of the Cronkite School of Journalism building.

HOST: Andrea Whitsett, Director, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

PRESENTERS: Gregory Falls, Attorney, Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Alberto Olivas, Executive Director, Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service, Arizona State University; Joe Profiri, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Corrections; Ron Reinstein, Judicial consultant, Arizona Supreme Court; Kevin Wright, Director, Center for Correctional Solutions, Arizona State University

The program is FREE and will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Complimentary refreshments provided.

If you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review the 2018 Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet. The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by Morrison Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

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