This year marks 25 years since I took the position of CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Much has changed over the past quarter-century. The Association has grown significantly, owns and manages more than 1,500 units of affordable housing, and served over 42,000 Oklahomans in 2017. One thing, however, remains the same: Too many Oklahomans ignore mental illness, homelessness, suicide and the fact that our jails and prisons have become defacto 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.
Mental illness, homelessness, suicide and incarceration are TOO BIG TO IGNORE. The stories shared in the 2017 Annual Report represent why 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.
Your gifts in support of Mental Health Association Oklahoma in 2017 send a loud and clear message that you do not ignore mental illness, homelessness, suicide and incarceration. Your vote of confidence in the work we do everyday means everything to me and everyone we serve. I thank you for your generosity, support and commitment to our mission and vision.