Feeling stressed? Sad? Lonely? Do you have trouble sleeping at night? The Oklahoma Mental Health Association (OMHA) is concerned about mental health and the understanding of mental health problems by the general public.
Many people think that depression, phobias, or an inability to cope with the daily stress of life is a sign of weakness or shame. This is what we want to change. Our goal is to reach out to the local community and provide constructive and caring information to educate people about mental health disorders. We want people to know that mental health issues are a medical problem. Many disorders stem from biological factors and are very treatable. Medical and counseling treatments have a very high return of recovery.
One of our focus points is the problems faced by children and adolescents in dealing with mental health issues. Obtaining help for children builds their self-esteem and confidence. Through early intervention counselors can help children and adolescents become more productive and confident adults.
We want people to know that there is no shame or need for secrecy when it comes to mental health issues. Help is out there. People need to know what they are dealing with and where to find that help. This takes a lot of the fear out of a situation that can feel very isolated and lonely.
We hope that you may be able to use the resources provided in the following pages. Please feel free to use anything you find and change it to fit your community’s needs. We’d like to thank both the AMHCA and the OKMHCA for their contributions and thank everyone for the amazing effort and all of the time that you invest in your clients and your profession!
Costs of Not Seeking
Mental Health Care
The cost of not seeking mental health care can be extraordinary:
- Major depression accounts for more job absences than any other illness except cardiovascular disease.
- People who experience job-related stress, anxiety, and depression miss an average of 16 work days per year.
- Experts predict that depression will be one of the top three major health threats by 2020.
More than 2,900 licensed professional mental health counselors are available state-wide to help. If you or someone you know needs counseling, look for a licensed counselor in the yellow pages or call the Oklahoma branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at (800) 583-1264, the Oklahoma State Suicide Prevention hotline at (800) 273-8255, or the Child Abuse Prevention hotline at (800) 522-3511.