Grieving Orlando

We here at Southern Arizona Senior Pride want to share this message with you from Scott Blades of TIHAN.


At this difficult time as we grieve the massacre in Orlando, your health and wellbeing are foremost in our minds. No one has to face these difficult times alone. Please know that Southern Arizona has a wealth of mental/behavioral health resources available to offer support.

If you are in need of support or counseling, please reach out and connect with one of our local mental health agencies, including:

Living Out Loud LGBTQI Health & Wellness Center
Phone: 520-202-1832

CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness
Phone: 520-202-1840

COPE Community Services
Phone: 520-792-3293

La Frontera
Phone: 520-296-3296

Pasadera Behavioral Health Network
Phone: 520-882-5608

If you are on AHCCCS, you can get help in choosing a mental health provider (one of the above, or other options) by calling Cenpatico Integrated Care at 866-495-6738.

If you are a patient receiving care at El Rio Special Immunology Associates, you can also receive behavioral health support there.
Phone: 520-628-8287

If you would like someone to talk to on the phone, HOPE Incorporated offers a confidential, non-emergency phone line for anyone who needs to talk: the Warm Line. Non-emergency service – talk to a trained Peer Support operator about anything you want to talk about.
Phone: 520-770-9909

Cenpatico’s Crisis Intervention Services has a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: (866) 495-6735. Crisis services are available to everyone, and is staffed by nurses, behavioral health professionals, behavioral health technicians, and peer and family support specialists. Whether you are enrolled in Cenpatico Integrated Care, private or group insurance, or have no insurance at all, this service is available to you free of charge from Cenpatico, the crisis response and stabilization system for our community.

And if you are a TIHAN CarePartner living with HIV, know our Link Specialist volunteers are available to listen and help on weekdays.
Phone: 520-299-6647

Of course, please remember that if you ever feel unsafe or if there is a crisis situation, always call 9-1-1 immediately.

No one must go through this time of sadness alone. Together, we are stronger. The LGBTQ community and mental/behavioral health providers stand ready to help. Please share this information with others who might benefit from knowing about the resources available in our community to support each other during this difficult time.

Scott Blades
Executive Director
Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)

Posted: June 15, 2016