May is Mental Health Month: TOO BIG TO IGNORE Series & May Events


Introducing Our TOO BIG TO IGNORE Series

As a part of May is Mental Health Month, the #TooBigToIgnore series focuses on how too many Oklahomans ignore mental illness, homelessness, suicide and the fact that our jails and prisons have become de facto institutions. Oftentimes, it’s only when one or more of these dire issues impact our friends, co-workers and loved ones do people finally take notice.

These issues are TOO BIG TO IGNORE!

Throughout May is Mental Health Month, we’ll be sharing stories and hosting events that emphasize that we cannot — and will not — stop making this message heard loud and clear in our communities, the halls of the Capitol, and in every Oklahomans’ living room.

Each week in May, we’ll share thought-provoking stories via email and social media and we’ll add each chapter of the series to this page as they are released.

Follow our series featuring stories containing information about how you can engage, take action and make a difference.

 

We have Tulsa & OKC May Events!

May 4: Unveiling of Giant TOO BIG TO IGNORE Mural

We’re thrilled to partner with ahha Tulsa, aka the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, to present a suicide prevention art piece unlike anything you’ve ever seen. We don’t want to spoil the surprise but we can assure you it will be too big to ignore! Don’t miss the unveiling at 11 am at ahha Tulsa, 101 East Archer Street.

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May 4 in Tulsa: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at noon at ahha Tulsa, 101 East Archer Street. 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. Like CPR, the more people who are trained, the more equipped we are as a community to help someone in need. Invite a friend or family member to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

May 11: Attend the Fashion & Talent Showcase

The 15th Annual Fashion & Talent Showcase — My Journey — is May 11 in Tulsa. The reception starts at 6 pm and the show begins at 6:30 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.

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May 15 in Tulsa: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at 6 pm in the Pecan Room at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 East 93rd Street in Tulsa. 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. 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 to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

May 16 in Tulsa: Stepping Up Day of Action

Tulsa County is hosting a Stepping Up Day of Action on May 16 to bring awareness to people impacted by mental illness who are incarcerated. Show your support and attend the 10 am press conference at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, 303 West First Street.

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May 18: Cycling Housing Tour in OKC

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

Join us at 6 pm to go on a unique cycling housing tour. Meet us in the parking lot of our peer-run drop-in center, Lottie House, 1311 N. Lottie Ave, in Oklahoma City.

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 Me Up!

 

May 22: Housing Tour in Tulsa

Learn how we’re ending homelessness in Tulsa!

Join us at 11:45 am to go on a unique housing tour. Meet us at Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1301 South Boston Avenue. Let’s meet in the church’s parking lot in front of the Jubilee Hall south door.  This is your chance 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.

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May 22: Cycling Housing Tour in Tulsa

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 22 at 6 pm to go on a unique cycling housing tour. Meet us in the parking lot of our peer-run drop-in center, Denver House, at 252 West 17th Place in Tulsa.

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 Me Up! 

 

May 23 in OKC: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Join us at noon in Oklahoma City at DC on Film Row community event space. Bring your lunch or buy it at the food truck Murphy’s Cook Shack that will be there 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. 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 to come with you!

Sign Me Up!

 

Give For May is Mental Health Month!

Our #TooBigToIgnore 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! 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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