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Behind the Scenes: Carnivale Stars & Stripes TulsaPeople Photoshoot

Love this TulsaPeople photospread? Well, check out the behind-the-scenes video below! Carnivale, the best party in town, keeps the good times rolling in 2018! Carnivale Stars & Stripes will carry us back to 1945 when swing dancing and big band

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5 Mental Health & Homelessness Films & Shows to Watch on Netflix

By Matt Gleason Mental Health Association Oklahoma Whenever I’m browsing through Netflix, I always end up seeing the same recommendations to watch episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” and action flicks I watched five years ago. Sometimes, though, Netflix

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Would you go to a haunted cardiac unit on Halloween?

By Matt Gleason Mental Health Association Oklahoma Haunted cardiac units full of demonic patients in need of bypass surgery would be offensive, right? Why is it OK that we flock to pay our scare money to run away from demons

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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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