Socialization & Recreation

The Mental Health Benefits of Socialization & Recreation

Building social relationships and enjoying your community is a vital aspect of your recovery and well-being. If you isolate from friends and family, you may face more mental distress. With more mental distress, you may want to isolate more. This vicious cycle relegates many people impacted by mental illness to a life of social segregation and isolation. Another factor is the stigmatization of mental illness, which may prevent you from interacting with others and from seeking treatment.

Research has shown that peer support, including key socialization and recreation programs, facilitates recovery. When you work side-by-side with a peer, who is also impacted by mental illness, you build a relationship that promotes a sense of belonging within your community.

Another critical component that peers can provide you is the development of self-efficacy by role modeling and assisting you with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in your life.

How Peer Recovery Support Can Empower You

Your peers in recovery encourage and engage you and provide a vital sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community.

Peer-led supports and services provide important resources to assist you along your journey of recovery and wellness. Professionals can also play an important role in your recovery process by providing clinical treatment and other services that support you in your chosen recovery path.

Recovery is Supported Through Relationships

An important factor in your recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in your ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who suggest strategies and resources for change.

Family members, peers, providers, faith groups, community members, and others can form your vital support network. Through these relationships, you can leave unhealthy or unfulfilling aspects of your life behind to focus on ways to feel a greater sense of belonging, empowerment, independence, social inclusion, and community participation.

Our Socialization & Recreation Programs

If you are impacted by mental illness and tend to isolate, our no-cost Creating Connections program and Drop-in Centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City can empower you to engage in community life and enjoy fun classes, activities and outings.

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The Creating Connections program can be your first step toward reclaiming your place in the community, and to feel a part of, and accepted by, others who understand what it’s like to experience mental illness.

Our peer supporters offer you transportation to three to five group events per week. Check out this month’s activities below.

Beyond these fun social outings, peers can help improve your level of self-esteem by planting the seed of empowerment by providing you a close support network and increasing your knowledge of available mental health and life skills resources within your community, such as medication management and mental health information.

We derive a great deal of satisfaction knowing Creating Connections impacts an inner variable within our participants that can be very difficult to quantify. That elusive variable is hope and acceptance within the community.

How do you join Creating Connections?

Our no-cost Creating Connections program serves Oklahomans who are 18 or older and are impacted by mental illness in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area.

New participants can join the program through referrals from mental health professionals and case managers.

If you do not have a service provider call our free Community Referral Line at 918.585.1213 or 405.943.3700 and ask about Creating Connections. We are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm.Come Visit Us!

Our peer-run drop-in centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City offer you a warm, friendly, family atmosphere where you can relax, rejuvenate and rebuild your life.

Denver House in Tulsa and Lottie House in Oklahoma City offer services that are non-clinical, completely voluntary and facilitated by staff members who have experienced mental illness in their own lives.

If you are 18 or older and have been impacted by mental illness or homelessness, our peer supporters can help you seek housing, employment, resume assistance, physical and mental health screenings, and more.

Socialization is key to your recovery, so we offer a variety of activities, including cookouts, bingo, karaoke, art classes, board games, music, holiday parties, and other events.

We can also provide you with access to clothing, computers, television, telephones, legal aid, vocational aid, housing, and other important resources.

Who does it serve?

Our drop-in centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City provide a social forum for participants 18 and older who want to enjoy a place of unconditional acceptance.

We can help you become more socially active and effectively progress on your road to recovery while building strong and supportive relationships within your community.

How do you join?

Eligibility for participation at our drop-in centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City is simple and informal. You must be 18 and over, sober on premises, respectful and non-aggressive.

Lottie House and Denver House

Denver House, our peer-run drop-in center in Tulsa, and Lottie House, our peer-run drop-in center in Oklahoma City both provide a family atmosphere for Oklahomans impacted by mental illness, co-occurring disorders and/or homelessness to stop in and participate in a variety of groups and activities.

Participants and their families can benefit from gathering with others who face similar challenges.

For Tulsans impacted by mental illness and homelessness, Mental Health Association Oklahoma provides custom-built pet crates located outside of our peer-run drop-in center, Denver House. This allows participants to place their pets in crates on the property, so they are safe and secure while the owner is inside learning how to connect with critical services in the community, including housing, treatment and job training.

In Tulsa and Oklahoma City, we offer a variety of different, classes and support groups, and host meetings and groups offered by other organizations.

Denver House location: 252 West 17th Place in Tulsa. For more information call 918.585.1213.

Lottie House location: 1311 North Lottie Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information call 405.600.3074.


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