Free community forum about mental health and substance abuse

Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board is coordinating a three-part series “Recovery and Resilience, Life after Diagnosis – Mental Health and Substance Abuse.” The first event will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Marc Community Resources, 924 N. Country Club Drive, Building #1. [MAP]

The purpose of the series is to promote understanding and stigma reduction while celebrating our differences. Information and real life stories will be shared of recovery and resilience about people who have a mental illness and substance abuse who live in our community and lead fully productive lives. One primary goal of the series is to let family, friends and community members understand that there is life after a diagnosis. The program is for the general population, business community and elected and appointed officials.

The Mesa Human Relations Board is hosting the series in partnership with Marc Community Resources, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and the East Valley Firefighter Charities. Registration for the March 24 program begins at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The other meetings in the series have not yet been scheduled.

For more information, contact City of Mesa Diversity & Outreach Administrator Ruth Giese at (480) 644-5033 or