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Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each month 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 month, our host Matt Gleason invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.

Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each month 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 month, our host Matt Gleason invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.
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Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each month 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 month, our host Matt Gleason invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.

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Episodes

Joe Hight's "Unnecessary Sorrow"

9/16/2019
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Today our guest is our friend Joe Hight. Joe is a journalism professor, columnist, writer, consultant and a bookstore owner. His newspaper career as an editor, director, managing editor or reporter spanned for 35 years. His new book is “Unnecessary Sorrow: A Journalist Investigates the Life and Death of His Oldest Brother: Ordained, Discarded, Slain by Police.” It took Joe more than a decade to write and publish. The book will be launched at a special event in Tulsa, followed by an event in...

Duration:00:47:37

Dr. Jessica Bernard: Exploring Psychosis Part 2

9/12/2019
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Welcome to part 2 of our exploration of psychosis. Today I’m so excited that our guest is psychosis expert, Dr. Jessica Bernard, of Texas A&M University. Dr. Bernard’s research supports the theory that problems in a particular brain circuit contribute to the disorganized thinking seen in patients with schizophrenia. She’s here to talk in detail about psychosis and to give us tips for people experiencing psychosis and their loved ones. OK, let’s get to the interview. The Mental Health...

Duration:00:35:01

Esmé Weijun Wang: Exploring Psychosis Part 1

8/30/2019
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Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise, which was one of NPR's Best Books of 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco. She will be a keynote speaker at our Zarrow Mental Health Symposium in October. We are thrilled that Esmé joined us for our two-part exploration of psychosis. For this episode, we asked JoBeth Hamon to interview Esmé. JoBeth works...

Duration:00:28:42

Noe Rodriguez: Homeless Outreach Exit Interview

8/26/2019
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On this episode, Noe Rodriguez looks back on what inspired his life as a homeless outreach worker in Tulsa, tells some funny and inspirational stories and looks forward to the next big step in his life. Noe is our friend so we will miss him dearly at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, but we're excited for the next chapter in an already remarkable life. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mentalhealthdownload/support

Duration:00:51:12

Joshua Dulaney & The Dark Side of Reporting

8/19/2019
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Today we’re talking with award winning journalist Joshua Dulaney. He joined The Oklahoman in November 2016. In both 2018 and 2019 he earned newspaper writer of the year honors from the Great Plains Journalism Awards. We asked Josh to be on the show today because he’s the host of the Oklahomans’ podcast, the United States of Oklahoma, a podcast exploring the people of Oklahoma. We’ll also talk about the stories he’s told over the years, including those about Oklahoma’s criminal justice...

Duration:00:46:22

Defining Moments with Margy & Hoang Lam

8/9/2019
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-- We’re talking with Margy and Hoang Lam. The Oklahoma City couple produce the Defining Moments podcast. Hoang hosts and Margy works behind the scenes. -- Together, they have built a great following because they believe in the power of positive people with unique stories. By sharing stories, they hope to inspire a more positive world. It’s an honor they’re on the show because we love their mission. -- We talk about eating disorders, inspirational books, healthful eating and their own...

Duration:00:37:29

The Danger of Linking Mental Illness with Mass Violence

8/6/2019
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It’s Monday, August 5, 2019 and we’re still reeling from the mass shootings that claimed 20 lives in El Paso on Saturday and another nine in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday. A Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health found that the contribution of mental health conditions to violence in our society is very small. But Gallup polling data from January, 2013 showed that 48% of adult Americans blame the mental health system “a great deal” for mass shootings in the United States. When there is an...

Duration:00:32:46

The Danger of Linking Mass Violence and Mental Illness

8/6/2019
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It’s Monday, August 5, 2019 and we’re still reeling from the mass shootings that claimed 20 lives in El Paso on Saturday and another nine in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday. A Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health found that the contribution of mental health conditions to violence in our society is very small. But Gallup polling data from January, 2013 showed that 48% of adult Americans blame the mental health system “a great deal” for mass shootings in the United States. When there is an...

Duration:00:33:34

Dr. Carl Hart: Drug Talk for Grown-Ups

7/26/2019
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On this episode, Mark Davis, the Association's chief programs officer, interviews our guest, Dr. Carl Hart. Dr. Hart grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Miami where drug use was prevalent. The truth is that he even used and sold drugs. However, interesting enough, that life led him to the Air Force and later to the esteemed role of Columbia University professor acclaimed for his research -- who some may call controversial -- particularly in regards to substance use, and the case Dr....

Duration:00:40:59

What Makes a Mental Health Leader?

7/19/2019
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On this episode, Mental Health Association Oklahoma's CEO, Mike Brose, interviews his friend and collaborator Kathy Langois. She is based in Canada and represents the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. It’s a unique international collaborative of nine countries that focuses on improving mental health and addictions services. Mike has been working alongside Kathy as her organization prepares for its upcoming Leadership Exchange coming up in early September in Washington,...

Duration:00:38:30

Exploring the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

7/12/2019
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On today’s of the Mental Health Download, we have three interviews all tied to Adverse Childhood Experiences, better known as ACEs. Oklahoma's children have the highest ACE scores in the nation. Basically, the questionaire boils down to three categories: Abuse, Neglect and Household dysfunction, including mental illness, substance use and if a loved one has been incarcerated. To give you some perspective on this issue, we’re talking to three people who played key roles in the Tulsa World...

Duration:00:34:55

A Journey Home: How Collaboration is Solving Homelessness

7/5/2019
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What happens when someone is evicted from their home? For some the answer is buying a room at a hotel, which is what Shade and Sheryl did until they ran out of money. Then, it was buying a tent. In this episode, we wanted to give listeners a chance to join us, first, as we visited Shade and Sheryl the first day they moved into a new apartment thanks to adopt a home and then, second, after they’ve lived there for exactly one month. This story starts in their new kitchen, Sheryl stopped...

Duration:00:16:41

PART 2: Tulsa's Homelessness Count Featuring Greg Shinn

6/29/2019
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On this episode, Greg Shinn, of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, discusses Tulsa's annual Point-in-Time Count of people experiencing homelessness. It was officially released during the recording of this podcast. This is the second of a two-part series on point-in-time counts in Oklahoma. The first episode featured Greg interviewing Dan Straughan, of the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mentalhealthdownload/support

Duration:00:38:11

PART 1: Exploring the Annual Oklahoma City Homeless Count with Dan Straughan

6/28/2019
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On the new episode of the Mental Health Download podcast, our own Greg Shinn interviews his longtime friend and collaborator Dan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City. Together they discuss the results of the OKC Point-in-Time Count of people experiencing homelessness and what that means for the community. This is part one of a two-part series. The second episode features Greg discussing Tulsa's Point-in-Time count. --- Support this podcast:...

Duration:00:39:51

Gail Richards on Overcoming Addiction to Anxiety Medication

6/14/2019
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On this episode of the Mental Health Download, Mike Brose, the CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, interviews his longtime friend, and one of the greatest supporters of our organization, Gail Richards. They're going to talk about a number of things, but, primarily, Gail is our guest today because she is courageously sharing her story so that others may understand what it's like to overcome an addiction to a prescription that she was prescribed to overcome anxiety. But what was...

Duration:00:34:24

Tulsa World's Let's Talk: Mental Health Forum

5/31/2019
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On this episode of the Mental Health Download, we were on location at the University of Tulsa for the Tulsa World's Let's Talk Forum on Mental Health. The panelists included TU President Gerard Clancy, who is a psychiatrist; Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Dr. Martin Paulus, scientific director and president of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Participating as special guests at the event were Oklahoma’s first...

Duration:01:17:41

Homelessness Experts Mack Haltom & Mike Brose

5/29/2019
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On this episode of the Mental Health Download, Mike Brose, CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, interviews his longtime friend and collaborator Mack Haltom, who is the executive director of the Tulsa Day Center. The homelessness experts talk about a variety of things, including homelessness myths and why collaboration is one of the greatest tools in the fight to end homelessness in Tulsa. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mentalhealthdownload/support

Duration:00:47:17

Review of Oklahoma's 2019 Legislative Session

5/24/2019
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On this episode of the Mental Health Download, Jake Glantz, Mental Health Association Oklahoma's advocacy specialist, reviews Oklahoma's 2019 legislative session. You'll hear about the state of mental health funding, criminal justice reform and more. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mentalhealthdownload/support

Duration:00:26:34

His Name Isn't "Homeless." It's Jose. #SeeMe

5/21/2019
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Jose Vega, of Oklahomans for Equality, explains what it was like to be rejected by his family because he was gay. Then, he explains what it was like surviving homelessness while also trying to balance the pressures of high school. For the second part of the Mental Health Download, we talk with Beth Svetlic, who oversees Mental Health Association Oklahoma's services for young people who have overcome homelessness. Beth started her social work career working with adolescents because, as she...

Duration:00:22:57

Michelle Hand Shares Her Story about Postpartum Depression

5/12/2019
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Michelle Hand, a mother of two, shares what it was like experiencing postpartum depression after having her second child. Her advice to mothers is to reach out for help if they're experiencing depression even if it is hard. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mentalhealthdownload/support

Duration:00:17:19