July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, culture, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.

When trying to access treatment, these communities often face:

·     Language barriers
·     A culturally insensitive system
·     Racism, bias and discrimination in treatment settings
·     Lower quality care
·     Lower chance of health care coverage
·     Stigma from several angles (for being a minority and for having mental illness)
We can all help ignite change against these disparities and fight stigma this  Minority Mental Health Awareness Month . It simply starts with  learning more about mental health  and informing your community.

Below are links to videos and an info graphic to look at and share!

In this three-part docuseries, NAMI explores unique perspectives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery.

PLUS, we will be sharing Minority Mental Health content all month long on Facebook so we invite you to share that content with your friends and family!

Newly Elected Board President
Clark Grothe
We welcome Clark Grothe, as newly elected President of the NAMI Oklahoma Board of Directors. 

Clark Grothe, a licensed clinical social worker, has dedicated his 30-year career to helping Oklahoma children, adults and families impacted by mental illness, substance use and trauma. He has chosen this focus in his career due to his personal experience with mental illness and recovery.

Mr. Grothe earned a B.A. in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. He began his career in 1989 with NorthCare and is now serving as the Director of Behavioral Health for Oklahoma’s largest rural Community Health Center, Stigler Health and Wellness Center (SHWC).

Mr. Grothe has been a valuable member of the NAMI Oklahoma Board of Directors since 2014. He has been elected to serve as President for FY 2020.
NAMIWalks 2019 Success!
Yay, Yay, Yay!
NAMIWalks 2019 surpassed the $100,000 goal!

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all that volunteered, walked, donated, and helped spread the word about NAMIWalks. On June 1st we had our largest NAMIWalks to date! It was truely awesome to see so many people there to support mental health in our state.
Through generous contributions from our sponsors and individuals we have raised $101,445 to date . If you would like to join the movement by making a donation, we do accept NAMIWalks donations throughout the month of July. To visit our NAMIWalks donation page, click here .
If you have any photos from the walk we'd LOVE to see them! You can share them on our Facebook page or send them to trisha@namioklahoma.org .
SAVE THE DATE for NAMIWalks 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.
Warm Regards,
Trisha Chapman

Fall Trainings at NAMI Oklahoma
NAMI Oklahoma has three trainings scheduled for this fall. All trainings are provided free of charge to participants, however, all participants must obtain NAMI membership prior to attending training and commit to serving in the volunteer Facilitator or Teacher role for one year upon successful completetion of training. Registration for the trainings will open Mid August.

Connections Recovery Support Facilitator Training
September 14-15, 2019

2-Day NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group Facilitator Training for individuals that have experienced a mental health condition.and are in a place in their recovery journey where they can co-lead a support group. Those that successfully complete the training will commit to lead a Connections support group for 1 year.

Family Support Group Facilitator Training
September 21-22, 2019
2-Day NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator Training for family members who have a loved one living with a mental health condition. Facilitator training is open to adults that have lived experience as a family member or significant other of someone with a mental health condition and who can make a commitment to lead a NAMI Family Support Group for 1 year after successfully completing the 2-day training. Provided free of charge.

Family to Family Teacher Training
October 4-6, 2019

Did NAMI Family-to-Family have a positive impact on you? Now is your chance to learn how to share the hope that Family-to-Family brings to new families. NAMI Oklahoma is offering a Family-to-Family teacher training in Oklahoma City at no cost to qualified participants.  
Who can become a Family-to-Family teacher?
Teachers are family members or significant others of individuals living with a mental health condition. Ideally, teachers have participated in a NAMI Family-to-Family class but it is not required.
All classes are taught by two (2) teachers.
Space is Limited. Registration is required. 
Would you like an email notification when registration for training opens?
Educational Talks -- Free and Open to the Public!

NAMI Greater OKC: ED Talks
Subject: Focus on Youth
Speaker: Steve Buck, Executive Director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:30 - 7:45pm
Location: Integris Cancer Institute, 5911 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City

NAMI Tulsa Talks: Navigating Mental Health
Subject: Advocating for Your Loved One If They Get Arrested
Speaker: Reggie Hines, Former President of NAMI OK & Member of OK Board of Corrections
Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Fellowship Congregational Church, 2900 S Harvard, Tulsa
Light refreshments will be served.
FALL Family-to-Family Classes (more to be announced soon!)

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of adults with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. These classes are presented by NAMI Oklahoma Affiliates in communities throughout Oklahoma.

August 12 - October 28, 2019
Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: The conference room at the Open Arms Behavioral Health Center,
located at 2215 NW Cache Road, Lawton, OK.
Class size is limited, register as soon as possible.
To register, call NAMI Southwest Oklahoma (580) 583-8126 

September 3 - November 19, 2019
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Norman North High School
1809 Stubbeman Avenue, Norman
Class size is limited, registration ends Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (or when class hits max #)

To register, or for more information:
call: (405)361-9667
NAMI Oklahoma's Annual Members Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm. More details to come!