May is Mental Health Month: mytruth series

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Introducing our #mytruth series

As a part of May is Mental Health Month, the #mytruth series focuses on four of the most dire issues facing our state and actions we can take to make a difference because…

Many of us have lost a co-worker, friend or loved one to suicide. Still, it’s something we don’t like to think about, much less talk about.

People wait in line — hundreds of people deep — to get access to care to prevent a mental health or substance abuse issue from escalating into a crisis. And when they don’t get care in time, our state incarcerates instead of diverting them to what was actually needed — treatment.

As for homelessness: Many people think it’s a plague that will never end and could never impact someone they know and love, much less themselves.

the truth is…

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Each week in May, our #mytruth series will share the tragic stories of four Oklahomans who understand these issues because this is, after all, their truth. We’ll share these via email and social media and we’ll add each chapter of the series to this page as they are released.

We invite you to follow our series featuring stories that will contain info about how you can engage, take action and make a difference!

Sign-up here to follow our series of stories released each week in May!

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P.S. We have some fun Tulsa & OKC events in May! Check them out below and get signed-up today!

 

Let’s get started!

May 8: Sisserou’s Benefit Lunch & Dinner for the Association

We’re thrilled Sisserou’s will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Association from its lunch and dinner sales on May 8th! Sisserou’s is located in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District at the intersection of Archer and Main. It’s known for amazing Caribbean cuisine with a touch of European and American influences. Check it out online at www.sisserousrestauranttulsa.com.

No need to sign-up! Bring your friends, family and co-workers to help support mental health!

May 9: Advocacy Event in OKC

The legislature is almost out of session but there is still time left to tell them that mental health matters to Oklahomans! Join us and The Love project of Oklahoma for this panel discussion next Tuesday, May 9 with legislators and policy experts to learn how you can still make your voice for mental health heard at the Capitol. For more info, visit the Facebook event here: http://ow.ly/jdiC30btsuK

May 10: Volunteer Day at Lottie House in Oklahoma City

This is a fun opportunity to jump in and be a part of changing someone’s life. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands a little dirty and help make a difference at our OKC peer-run drop-in center, Lottie House! Join the fun from 12:30-4:30 pm as we work in the community garden and help out with other landscaping needs!

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May 12: Attend the Fashion & Talent Showcase

The 14th Annual Fashion & Talent Showcase –Marching Forward — is May 12 in Tulsa. The reception starts at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1115 South Boulder Avenue. This showcase is about giving people impacted by mental illness a night to shine! It’s the most inspirational event of the year! Plus, it’s free. Learn more at www.mhaok.org/fashionshow.

No need to sign-up! Bring your friends, family and co-workers for the most uplifting night of the year!


DATE & LOCATION MOVED TO MAY 14!

Free Yoga Class at Fuel 66 — Bring Your Mom & Namaste for Brunch!

Yoga has been shown to increase body awareness, relieve stress and sharpen your concentration while calming and centering your nervous system.

Join us for a free one-hour yoga session on Sunday, May 14 at Fuel 66 Tulsa Bar & Food Truck Court at 12:30 PM. Donations for this class are welcome and all proceeds with go to The Oklahoma Rub food truck that donates food once a week to people living in our housing and on the streets of Tulsa. Everyone is invited!

Sign-up and you’ll be entered into a contest to win a super soft Association T-shirt!

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May 16 in Tulsa: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at either 3 pm or 5:30 pm May 16 at Tulsa’s downtown Central Library. Learn how to ask a question and save a life from suicide. During this free suicide prevention training known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), you’ll learn warning signs of suicide and ways to walk alongside someone as they connect to services. QPR is a training for any lay individual & no clinical background is needed. Like CPR, the more people that are trained the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member and sign-up today.  

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May 18 in OKC: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at noon in Oklahoma City at DC on Film Row community event space. Bring your lunch and learn how to ask a question and save a life from suicide. During this free suicide prevention training known as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), you’ll learn warning signs of suicide and ways to walk alongside someone as they connect to services.QPR is a training for any lay individual & no clinical background is needed. Like CPR, the more people that are trained the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member and sign-up today.

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May 23: Housing Trolley Tour + Social in Tulsa

Learn how we’re ending homelessness in Tulsa!

Join us May 23rd at 5:30 pm to go on a unique housing tour. The reception starts at Circle Cinema and will feature light appetizers, drinks and plenty of thought-provoking conversations. Then we’ll show our short featured video that explains the solution to homelessness is providing housing first. We’ll then take a trolley to see the Association’s housing and hear from some amazing people who have overcome homelessness.

People often ask us how are we ending homelessness. We’ve found the best way to explain it is to simply show you.

Our tour will take just over an hour and you’ll get to hear firsthand how our housing works and why Tulsa has a nationally recognized housing model. Tulsa is among the elite communities across the country working to end chronic and veteran homelessness, and providing critical recovery supports for people impacted by homelessness and mental illness.

We have limited availability for this tour!

Sign up and you’ll receive an email reminder with details on where to meet and what you’ll need. Plus, you might just receive a super soft Association T-shirt.

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May 23: Cycling Housing Tour + Social in Tulsa

So you like cycling? Get in your daily cycling workout and learn how we’re ending homelessness in Tulsa … it’s a win-win!

Join us May 23rd at 5:30 pm to go on a unique cycling housing tour.

Park your vehicle at Circle Cinema in Tulsa to enjoy some light appetizers, wine and conversations from 5:30-6 pm. Then at 6 pm, we’ll show our short BetterBox Project video, which explains the solution to homelessness is providing housing first and connecting people to critical services in the community. Then you’ll hop on your bike for an Association housing tour co-led by our friend, Kenneth. He will help map the route and lead the way. Kenneth has a mental illness and uses cycling to balance his mental health and daily recovery. He is an amazing mental health advocate. We will stop at a few of our properties and take a short tour.

This is your chance to see the housing and hear from some amazing people who have overcome homelessness.

Sign up and you’ll receive an email reminder with details on where to meet and what you’ll need. Plus, you might just receive a super soft Association T-shirt.

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May 24: Drop-in Center + Housing Tour in Oklahoma City

Learn how we’re ending homelessness in Oklahoma City!

Join us May 24th at 11:45 am to go on a unique drop-in center and housing tour. Meet us at our peer-run drop-in center, Lottie House, to meet some amazing people and then we’ll hop in a bus to see our first apartment complex in OKC. 

People often ask us how are we ending homelessness. We’ve found the best way to explain it is to simply show you.

Sign up and you’ll receive an email reminder with details on where to meet and what you’ll need. Plus, you might just receive a super soft Association T-shirt.

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Give For May is Mental Health Month!

Our #mytruth campaign for May is Mental Health Month is an awareness campaign that focuses on some of the dire issues our state is facing. The Association is on the frontlines of working on solutions to these issues and we cannot do it without you. Sometimes it’s easy to read the numbers and know we aren’t doing enough for Oklahomans impacted by mental illness and homelessness, but it’s another when you hear the stories of people who face these challenges everyday. Maybe this is “your truth,” or the truth of someone you love. As a state we cannot fail our most vulnerable citizens. Your gift will continue to help us provide life-changing programs and services for people impacted by mental illness, suicide, homelessness and criminal justice.

We can’t make a difference in people’s lives without your generous support!

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