Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Mental Illness & The Right to Vote
Missing Persons Support
Many of the calls we get are about this topic. I encourage you to look at this resource and pass it along to others.
There is also an online discussion group where you can ask questions and share support. To read more click here.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Thank You, NAMI Oklahoma!
When I first joined this organization, I remember the profound impact of these ten words that accompanied all of our grassroots advocacy alerts: "If it is to be, it is up to me". These are powerful words and ring as true today as ever. To continue changing the tide, it is important that our members understand that their energy is required to address the inequities that remain even today.
It has been a privilege serving you for the past nine years. I ask that you continue to share with me your goals and expectations for Oklahoma's mental health care system as I begin my new job at ODMHSAS.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I recently ran across comments from a local pastor explaining his experience in a local recovery program. I thought these comments may be of interest to you.
“The spiritual aspects of recovery cannot be underestimated, according to the Big Book. Working with the residents at Clay Crossing has re-emphasized that fact to me many times. The residents who have begun moving on their spiritual path, searching for truth in their own lives and relationships, continue to grow and improve. As they learn to follow the 12-steps of AA, they begin to see through the first three steps how important it is to connect with God. A power greater than themselves is essential to removing the guild and shame of the past when it is unearthed in step four and divulged in step five. All this begins to create a new way of looking at spirituality.
The varied backgrounds of the residents, sometimes void of spiritual history, present many challenges for the chaplain. Through Bible study and personal research many of the residents have learned about the grace of God that surpasses human understanding. Fears and phobias add to the complexity of cases for many residents. Dealing with mental abnormalities combined with genetic predispositions adds to the work being done to help residents. By tapping into God's grace, many have been able to dispose of the emotional baggage of the past which has hampered their social development.
Sometimes the chaplain's work involves education and encouragement, and sometimes a concerned, listening ear is what the resident needs most. Sometimes the chaplain's work involves education and encouragement, and sometimes a concerned, listening ear is what the resident needs most.”
Chaplain Will The Web site is http://www.claycrossing.org/
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
CNN Feature Worth the Read
While on the topic of the criminal justice system and people experiencing mental illness, don't forget that your participation is invited in the work of our state's Transformation effort. To learn more about this process, and how you can play a role, visit the Innovation Center's website.
I look forward to your comments. -- SLB
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
NAMI National Annual Convention in San Diego was a Blast!!
My number one GREAT thing was the congenial environment we Okies brought with us and maintained around us, during our stay there. I was reminded of my family reunions; at my family reunions I arrive with love ones, upon my arrival I am reacquainted with distant cousins and other family members, invariably I always meet new family members instant bonds are formed. There were approximately 45 Oklahomans, in San Diego. NAMI Oklahoma (Through a grant from the Innovation Center) was able to offer 23 Convention Scholarships. The purpose of the scholarship was to support organizational development within NAMI Oklahoma affiliates. The award covered, airline fare, three (3) nights of lodging, and registration for the NAMI National Convention. At the convention we embraced each other much like cousins, instant bonds were formed. I was gitty with delight the song “We are family” vibrated in my mine; you may or may not know that song from the 1960's. However, there is another song I heard a lot while there, one I am sure you know. Nearly every time when I was asked "where I was from"? After I answered, the questioner would break into - - “OKLAHOMA where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…” It seems everyone in the country has heard our state song. I was Oklahoma proud when Terry Cline one of the Opening Plenary guest speakers was introduced. Our own Terry Cline former Commissioner of Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, who now heads the Federal Department for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, was born and raised in Ardmore, OK, and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University; he spoke to hundreds of people on "Treatment, Leadership and Promising Practices... in mental health/illnesses in America. After his talk Terry received a standing ovation. I found myself behaving like a groupie. I ran on stage, asked him to pose for a photograph with me, I gave him a hug as if I was greeting a long lost cuz. Later, Terry came to our Oklahoma Caucus and took a picture with the Oklahoma delegation. The "Cream de la Cream", of the day, came for me when Terry recognized Steve Buck, ED of NAMI OK my "Servant Leader" and "Boss" Steve, Terry said is, "the man he looks up to as much as any". Terry praised Steve for his superb advocacy and leadership on Mental Health issues, it does not get much better than that, for Oklahoma Mental Health/Illness issues. That was my GREATEST happening at the NAMI National Convention. Where NAMI OK had a family reunion. You are welcome to join our GREAT NAMI OK family!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Healthcare Expansion an Important Win in 2007
Both of these advancements are important, providing better access to coverage for our state residents. It is appropriate to share appreciation with your legislators and Governor Henry's office for enacting this important legislation.
I am very interested in hearing from NAMI constituents about their experiences with O-EPIC and the marketing and outreach by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority in implementing these new expansions.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Ten Best Practices for Schools
Sunday, May 20, 2007
One Rockin' Walk!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Where: Regatta Park – South of Bass Pro in Bricktown, Oklahoma City
Goals! - $100,000 - 500 Walkers - 40 Teams
Register your team or as a walker online at www.nami.org/namiwalks and click on OK, call the NAMI Oklahoma Office at 405-230-1900 / 800-583-1264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need more Walk Packets? We’ll be happy to get you more! Remember, ask your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, business associates to either Walk with you or support you.
You can raise $500 in 7 days!
1. Sponsor yourself first $25
2. Ask 4 family members to sponsor you for $25 each = $100
3. Ask 5 co-workers to contribute $15 each = $75
4. Ask 5 friends to contribute $20 each = $100
5. Ask 5 neighbors to sponsor you for $15 each =$75
6. Ask your boss or company to contribute $50 = $50
7. Ask 3 buisnesses you frequent to donate $25 each = $75
You’ve just raised $500!
Our success at the May 19th Walk depends on you.
One in five adults has a diagnosable mental disorder, and 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the U.S. are brain disorders. We are raising money to fight stigma, support families and people living with serious mental illnesses, educate the community and improve our mental health system of care for people with mental illnesses.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
New Visions for Tomorrow Classes
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
NAMI Oklahoma Conference
One of my favorite things about the NAMI Conference's is seeing the ever dedicated volunteers and supporters of NAMI Oklahoma every year. It is almost like a family reunion. I am also encouraged by meeting the new people that are just being introduced to NAMI and knowing that one day they will be one of the faces I see every year at the conference and other NAMI Oklahoma events.
I want to encourage you that if you get the opportunity to attend a NAMI Oklahoma event definitely make plans to do so.
Take Care - AV
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
100 Ideas for Oklahoma
NAMI Oklahoma will be offering a list of ideas for consideration as part of this initiative. So what ideas do you have about improving our healthcare system for persons experiencing mental illness? I am interested in hearing what you have to say; you can comment on this post and I will review input as I craft NAMI Oklahoma's list of suggestions.
It is important that our ideas be innovative and specific. It is not enough to say "we need more money" or "we need more services".
Take care and thank you! -- SLB
Friday, February 09, 2007
NAMI Walks Oklahoma
Of equal importance is the resources the Walk generates that allows NAMI Oklahoma and our state affiliate network to carry out our mission. A quick glance across the blog posts gives a full picture of how our organization is making a difference in communities across the state.
Please join us in Walking!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Date set for Visions Class
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Visions For Tomorrow
In the class, you will learn more about specific brain disorders, but also other valuable lessons, such as Communication Skills, Coping, Self-Care, and Problem Management, just to name a few.
If you think this is something that you might be interested in, please contact me. I'll be glad to answer any questions that you might have, or even put you on our list to be contacted when we have dates and locations. Don't let this opportunity slip away!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Oklahoma's Innovation Center: An Important Player in Transformation
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
HR 4 Under Consideration by US House
Friday, January 05, 2007
Hope for Tomorrow
If you have questions about this program or know of a school or youth group that you think would benefit from Hope for Tomorrow, please contact me (or blog back) at NAMI Oklahoma. I would love to hear from you!
Friday, December 29, 2006
Happy New Year -- Time for Resolutions!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Mid-Week Minute Announces Blog
Participants in the NAMI Oklahoma "blogging" community are encouraged to practice the “Golden Rule”. Our community is not designed to be a forum for criticism, negativity, or malice. Rather, it is a forum for helping identify opportunities for improving the quality of life for individuals, families and friends that experience mental illness. NAMI Oklahoma reserves the right to monitor blog entries and to disallow any posts that violate the spirit of our community.
I hope you enjoy our post and I look forward to your comments.
Oklahoman Editorial and Mandates
I predict that mandates will receive great attention from legislators in 2007. Without question, Oklahomans need health insurance to be affordable and accessible and it is only fair that the reasons for premium increases be investigated thoroughly. However, as part of that evaluation, we must remind policy makers that for people experiencing mental illness, anything short of parity is discriminatory and wrong.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Commissioner Cline and SAMHSA
Monday, November 06, 2006
Go to the Polls on Tuesday, November 7!
Have a great Tuesday and DON"T FORGET TO VOTE!!!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Do You Get the Mid-Week Minute?
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
As for the 4th Annual Anna McBride Memorial Walk for the Mind of America, the most likely date is May 19, 2007. We would like to host the event at Regatta Park in Oklahoma City along the Oklahoma River. If you participated in the Regatta Walk held in October, we are interested in your experience with this location.