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The Power of an Association Housing Tour

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The Power of an Association Housing Tour

By Leslie Todd Association Volunteer The first time I toured the housing owned and operated by Mental Health Association Oklahoma, it took all of 20 minutes. There was one building, Walker Hall, with 12 units available for people coping with

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The Psychology of Racism

Dr. Derald Wing Sue’s personal life-changing experience with racism directed toward himself and his family inspired his study of the psychology of racism and anti-racism.

His book, “Counseling the Culturally Diverse:  Theory and Practice” is one of the most frequently-cited publications in the multicultural field. Furthermore, his team’s groundbreaking work on racial microaggressions has “empowered people of color by making “the invisible, visible.” Microaggressions refer to commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.

As a part of his Symposium keynote, Dr. Sue will explain how these microaggressions cause inequities in education, employment and health care, as well as cause emotional distress in people of color.
We’re thrilled Dr. Sue will be a keynote speaker at our Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, as this year’s theme is “Challenging Injustice and Discrimination.”

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Charley’s Health, Home & Honor

As a reminder of his service in the Marines, Charley keeps a framed photo of himself on his wall. In it, the Tulsan is wearing his finest dress uniform from the Vietnam era and portrays a confident, focused young man who is committed to achieving his goals. But, eventually, that young Marine who served stateside as a cook would become a veteran living on the streets.

After the Marines, Charley enjoyed life as a semi-truck mechanic, husband, and father of six. Four years ago, however, a divorce spiraled Charley’s life out of control to the point he lost his job and ended up experiencing homelessness. As he says, he spent “three winters” on the streets of Tulsa. At that point, Charley didn’t have much more than a tent and a sleeping bag. While living behind a gas station, he worked out a deal with a station employee to get the leftover fried food that they would normally discard at the end of the night.

“I relied on my Marine Corps survival training to stay alive when everything in the world seemed to be against me,” Charley said.

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How the Bipolar & Anxiety Support Groups Changed My Life

By Max Bipolar Support Group Participant At first, I didn’t think going to the Association’s Anxiety and Bipolar support groups were that big of a deal. I wasn’t even sure about attending, but with time I have come to appreciate

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The Meteorologist Who Overcame Anxiety

As long as meteorologist Rick Smith can remember he’s been fascinated by weather. His wife actually found a little weather forecast he did in first grade; it’s framed in Rick’s office at the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office. So, yes,

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Trevor Never Gave Up Hope of a Good Job

Michael helped Trevor get a job he loves

By Trevor Employment First Participant When I was released from incarceration for a nonviolent drug offense, I left prison without a plan for what came next. I did know that my felony conviction would be a seemingly insurmountable barrier to

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