Honoring former Executive Director, David Bernstein

This week, we are honoring the memory of David Bernstein, mental health advocate and former director of our organization. 

Mr. Bernstein served as the executive director from 1969 to 1973, long before Tulsa Mental Health Association expanded statewide and began operating as Mental Health Association Oklahoma. A man dedicated to the health and well-being of all Oklahomans, he was instrumental in the establishment of the region’s first 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, which ultimately evolved into what we know as 211 Helpline. 

Among his many other human services endeavors are his leadership in the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and his efforts in the YWCA’s Multicultural Service Center, the expansion of services for the growing Hispanic and Cuban populations, and the establishment of the first coalitions for spousal and child abuse in Tulsa. 

Mr. Bernstein lived a full life, benevolent and philanthropic and dedicated to bettering the community for all. He was a difference-maker.

Click here to read the full story in Tulsa World.