According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), between 700,000 and 900,000 Oklahomans are experiencing and in need of treatment for brain disease, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Yet the state ranks 46th in the nation for state-sponsored behavioral health services.
As Oklahomans search for assistance, many turn to their public libraries to locate services and information.
To help libraries address this need, ODMHSAS and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) partnered with state and community organizations to sponsor awareness forums for Oklahoma’s librarians and citizens to learn about local, regional, and state mental health resources. Resources for Veterans and family, as well as Native American are included.
A collaboration of the following organizations brought the Help Yourself + Help Others workshops to five regions in the state in 2018— Lawton (3/27), OKC (3/28), Woodward (3/29), Bartlesville (4/3), and Muskogee (4/5):
- A Chance to Change
- Grand Lake Mental Health Center
- Green Country Behavioral Health
- Green Shoe Foundation
- INTEGRIS Mental Health
- Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center
- Mental Health Association Oklahoma
- Military OneSource
- NAMI Oklahoma
- Northwest Center for Behavioral Health
- Oakwood Springs
- Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
- OKC-County Health Department Wellness Now
- Oklahoma National Guard, State Family Programs
- Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic
- 211 Oklahoma
If you are looking for information about mental health/addiction and other useful resources, go to 2-1-1 Oklahoma Resources for a guided search.
Also you can download Wellness Now Agencies and Resources (PDF) to use as a reference for you and your library patrons. These resources include service providers, books, websites, podcasts and apps.
The service providers on the above list represents organizations involved in OCCHD’s Wellness Now Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Work Group and is by no means comprehensive. If you would like to join Wellness Now to be added to the list or get more information, please visit wellnessnowokc.org.