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Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each week about mental illness, homelessness, incarceration and suicide, and how each can impact our lives in a profound way. Mental health affects everyone, yet the social stigma attached to mental health issues keeps so many of our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors silent. Why are we so afraid to talk about these issues? Each week, our host Matt Gleason invites guests to share how ...
 
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People can move from homelessness to housing and self-sufficiency and employment, to all kinds of possibilities in the future. We can't do any of this without our unique donors now or in 2021. I'm so proud and grateful to let them know how valuable they are to us and the impact that they're having on their community. -- Terri White We’re celebratin…
 
"I am so proud to be a social worker and I love to be a social worker. It's a profession where you do make a difference in the lives of people. So it's work that you can feel good about." — Julie E. Miller-Cribbs, MSW, PhD OU's Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work On today's episode, we talk with Julie E. Miller-Cribbs, MSW, PhD. She is Direct…
 
Today, our guest on the Mental Health Download Podcast is Tulsan Lindsay Benson M.S., LPC. She has been working as a therapist for over 15 years. Most of her experience has been helping people with trauma. Her dog, Gus, died at age eight of cancer in 2012 and that experience sparked a desire in her to help others as they deal with pet loss. She com…
 
"A couple of tips or advice I would give is, No. 1, don't lose hope. Continue to battle, continue to fight, continue to take the steps to get to where you want to go." — Dustin Bailey ------------------ On today’s episode, we’re celebrating 12&12 Day which happens each year on December 12. Our guests in the first part of the show include Tricia Mas…
 
Prior to the Zarrow Symposium, I thought Milwaukee was pretty far along but Milwaukee and many other American communities can learn so much from the work underway in Oklahoma: racist historical trauma; indigenous historical trauma; white rural Okie dustbowl historical trauma. — John Schmid, journalist and historical trauma expert *** On this episod…
 
For anyone that knows of a friend or an acquaintance that experienced a suicide loss in their life, if you are able, if you are emotionally and mentally capable, go and sit with that person and let them share their thoughts and feelings with you about it. And listen without judgment because I can guarantee that is the best gift you can give to that…
 
On today's episode, our friend Jane Mudgett interviews Jackie Ramage about the role a company's HR department plays in helping staff members deal with the anxiety and depression related to the pandemic and the state of the world. We also check-in with the Association's very own HR hero, Lindsay Whitworth, about her thoughts on EAPs.…
 
Hi, my name is Jocelin Baeza and I work for Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Hola mi nombre es Jocelin Baeza y trabajo para la Asociación de Salud Mental de Oklahoma We created a Mental Health Download podcast episode about mental health in the Hispanic community, and it is completely in Spanish. So I hope you enjoy! Creamos un episodio de podca…
 
I don't think it's an unrealistic expectation to say that we want to end veteran homelessness in Oklahoma City or Oklahoma period. I think it's very attainable. — David Dirkschneider, a Marine & Mental Health Advocate On today’s episode, we’re celebrating Veterans Day with an interview with our friend and longtime supporter, David Dirkschneider of …
 
"They feel alone. They feel secluded. They feel like they have no one else. And they feel like failures if they aren't succeeding within school. And it breaks my heart that it gets to the point that some person would rather end their life than to live their life to get through the season."— Lea Speight In this episode, we explore mental health and …
 
Hey there, Jacob Beaumont here. Welcome to this quick 10-minute guided meditation presented by the Mental Health Download Podcast. Whether you're or a novice or a seasoned meditator, just looking for a friendly voice for today's session, I've got you covered. Let's get to it.
 
This is a very critical and important time in our lives in the country. And so stress and worry and concern about tomorrow's election is a legitimate situation that is cause for some very controlled self-management because it is very anxiety-provoking. — Mark Davis on election week anxiety On this episode, Mark Davis, the Association's chief progra…
 
"Of course, the project itself was not about blaming police or pointing a finger at anyone specifically. It's about highlighting the gaps in our systems here in Oklahoma. It's about what could be done better." — Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch On today’s episode our guest is Whitney Bryen. She is an investigative reporter and visual storyteller at Ok…
 
We have to take better care of each other. We have to take better care of our most vulnerable. This ordinance is a moral failing on that front. It is a legal failing in the most fundamental ways. And it is a financial failing. And I think the city is finding out right about now that ego can be really expensive. — Megan Lambert, staff attorney, ACLU…
 
NEW EPISODE > Vote Yes on SQ805 & Help End Decades-Long Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Crimes > mhaok.org/podcast Prison is a band-aid. It doesn't solve anything for nonviolent offenses, for our low-level property and drug offenses. The more resources that we can devote to actually stop criminal behavior and stop the cycle of crime, the stronger w…
 
I am probably one of the most blessed people to come out of the building alive. I say that because I have no memory of that day and in getting to know others that were there, they seem to have a much harder time recovering from their memories than I did from my physical injuries. — Susan Walton, OKC Bombing Survivor In this podcast, you’ll hear sto…
 
On today’s episode, you’ll hear Dr. Linda Barnum presenting at the Zarrow Mental Health Symposium to a virtual audience of approximately 500 attendees. That’s one of the largest breakout sessions we offered. Dr. Barnum is an Assistant Professor of Human Relations for the University of Oklahoma. She is also a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Profe…
 
"All grief responses are normal, however, prolonged, unresolved, intense grief is not normal - Joanna Majka, the Grief Center Listen to the Grief Center's Joanna Majka speak at the Zarrow Mental Health Symposium about the impact that grief and trauma have on the brain. You will discover how unresolved trauma can impact the ability to grieve. We wil…
 
As the five score anniversary of the Tulsa tragedy approaches, let us exhale and let us breathe freely, oxygenating our efforts on three fronts. One, healing our history, Two, making an appreciative inquiry into our past. And, three, recommending to diversity, equity and inclusion. If we do this, we will have honored the memory of one of our darkes…
 
"I couldn't help to think that, man, my great-great grandfather was running with my great-great grandmother and my great-grandfather in her belly during this time. They were running. They were experiencing what these people are experiencing in this series." — Nehemiah D. Frank, The Black Wall Street Times On today’s episode, we’re exploring the acc…
 
"1921 was a point in history that we all experienced, especially we can see that, that impact here in Tulsa, but guess what? The lingering effects are still here. And I feel like that is something that needs to be highlighted bolded and really still spoken about." --Joya Cleveland, Speaker, Zarrow Mental Health Symposium On today’s episode, our gue…
 
"I cannot ignore people who are facing poverty, discrimination because of their race and, of course, in the work I do every day with individuals who are being stigmatized or marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression." --Toby Jenkins, CEO & Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R. Neill Eq…
 
"I would just want to tell everyone, please use your voice and be an advocate for transgender individuals -- not only to recognize and validate their identities, but to recognize their humanity. I hope everyone can take a moment out of their busy lives to tell HUD that they do not agree with this proposed rule change, but also signal to other peopl…
 
"All these evil things are being done to us and around us, but we're still here and we're still fighting. And, you know, historically music has always been those kinds of roles, in particular in war time. But it takes on a much more, I believe, intense meaning when it comes to people who know that every moment that deaths is around the corner for t…
 
NEW EPISODE > Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Leader > mhaok.org/podcast "Don't keep these things inside. Don't find unhealthy ways to try to make the feelings go away. Face them head on and find people that will support you as you face those battles." Richard Turnham Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Leader On today's episode, we con…
 
"I talk about suicide all the time. I say, 'You know, we're not talking about death. We're talking about survival and hope and recovery. This doesn't have to be a bleak and depressing conversation. We're talking about saving lives. ' " Shelby R. Rowe Breakout Presenter, Zarrow Mental Health Symposium On today’s episode, we celebrate National Suicid…
 
"The people who built Greenwood did so in an era where, you know, their options and their opportunities were very limited, but they were able to take, you know, something, and in many cases it was literally nothing, you know, it was bare ground, and turned it into a place that they were really proud of." -- Randy Krehbiel, author of "Tulsa, 1921: R…
 
"This is really complex stuff, and it's not only a bilateral matter. It's not just black and white. It's beyond black and white." -- Hannibal B. Johnson, Keynote Speaker, Zarrow Mental Health Symposium On today’s episode, we’re thrilled that our dear friend Carmen White Janak is going to interview Hannibal B. Johnson, keynote speaker at this year's…
 
"I tell everyone, the question isn't, 'Why are so many opioids available in Oklahoma?" The question should be, "Why do so many Oklahomans want to take opioids?' " -- Dr. Jason Beaman Our guest is Dr. Jason Beaman, chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. We talk about the university's virt…
 
In this mindfulness meditation, Jacob Beaumont focuses on self-compassion. "We may think of compassion as the solely outward-facing part of who we are and how we behave, but in reality, our ability to be genuinely compassionate towards others is linked closely to how compassionate we can be towards ourselves." Listen to more sessions at Mental Heal…
 
"You're the only one of you that there is, and it's precious and beautiful and uniquely wired and deserves a break right now. So whatever that looks like, just go easy on yourself and take good care of you." -- Janetta Cravens __________ On today’s episode, our guest is Janetta Cravens, vice president of programs for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprof…
 
"And so the more we connect with each other, the more we make each other feel safe, the more we lift each other, that is the key. It's really the bottom line in healing as communities, healing historical trauma is going to happen in community." -- Dr. Darryl Tonemah On today’s episode, our special guest is Dr. Darryl Tonemah. He will be a keynote s…
 
In this mindfulness meditation, Jacob Beaumont takes on the judging brain and what we can do to find peace with our mind -- even when it's not being very nice to us. Listen to more sessions at Mental Health Association Oklahoma's website at mhaok.org/meditation. Namaste.
 
"Now he's housed. He has support and he doesn't have to worry about surviving day-to-day now." -- Shelah Farley, program coordinator, Street Outreach and Rapid Response On today’s episode we’re going to feature two stories from our brand new 2019 Annual Report -- one about our housing and recovery services, and the other about our QPR suicide preve…
 
Jacob Beaumont starts off this meditation session, "Noting," with a powerful quote that helped change his life. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom" ― Viktor E. Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and a Holocaust survivor…
 
You’re listening to the Mental Health Download from the nonprofit Mental Health Association Oklahoma. I’m Matt Gleason. On today’s episode, my co-host is fellow podcaster Anne Heinrich. She’s the vice President Of Development at Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. Anne and I are going to interview Anne’s friend, Jason Medows. Jason is the ho…
 
Our guest is Lawton City Councilor Onreka Johnson. Onreka is the founder of Next Step TLP homeless youth program, currently works as a certified behavioral health case manager for Our House Counseling and is involved in various organizations in the community. We talk to Onreka about the ripple effects of her Lawton Mental Health Town Hall along wit…
 
"When we start by taking a few deep breaths, we are mentally priming ourselves for the task at hand by doing something that’s very easy to bring awareness to. Deep breaths are deliberate and intentional, and are great for generating some invigorating energy at the start of our practice. The other part of this step, as we close our eyes and allow th…
 
On today’s episode, our guest is Katherine Sellery. She is a 3-time TEDx speaker, who has taught thousands of parents in Conscious Parenting Revolution and executives on conscious communication for over 16 years. Her message is “Nobody teaches us how to manage our minds and we have got to get upstream.” We’re going to talk with Katherine about medi…
 
You’re listening to the Mental Health Download from the nonprofit Mental Health Association Oklahoma. I’m Matt Gleason. On today’s episode, I’m joined by my co-host, Malika Cox. She is passionate about criminal justice reform, restorative justice and policy changes that impact marginalized communities. Malika is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation, J…
 
Mental Health Download Podcast presents the second episode of an ongoing series of Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Jacob Beaumont, of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Episode one is titled "The Breath" Hear all of the sessions now at mhaok.org/meditation
 
"Do not let fear lead you to not deal with the things in your life that cause you stress or cause you anger or any of those things that affect your mental health." -- Kenya Williams Our Mental Health Download guests are DJ Mercer and Kenya Williams. They partnered with the Association for a new virtual support group for men seeking additional suppo…
 
Zarrow Mental Health Symposium keynote speaker, Tim Wise, explores the current pandemic moment, alongside the racial justice uprising in the wake of numerous police-involved killings, and ask: “How has history brought us to this point? And how do we respond now that we’re here?” Just as Tim will at the virtual Symposium, Tim presents an analysis of…
 
Mental Health Download Podcast is excited to present the first episode of an ongoing series of Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Jacob Beaumont, of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Episode one is titled "What is Mindfulness?" Meditation is another word that is both easy and impossible to define because it can mean so many things to so many pe…
 
To honor Mike Brose's 27 years with the Association - and to support our ongoing statewide mission - donate at mhaok.org/mike-brose. Thank you in advance for your generosity! *** You’re listening to the Mental Health Download from the nonprofit Mental Health Association Oklahoma. I’m Matt Gleason. Welcome to the fourth and final episode in our seri…
 
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