Munson Urges Oklahomans to Seek Help When Needed
An Oklahoma state lawmaker, Rep. Cyndi Munson, (D-85), released the following statement reminding Oklahomans of the mental health resources available to them during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Munson is a founding member of the Legislature’s first Mental Health Caucus, which is staffed by Health Minds Policy Initiative.
OKLAHOMA CITY — House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-OKC, released the following statement reminding Oklahomans of the mental health resources available to them during the ongoing COVID pandemic.
“As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic and watch what is happening across our country and abroad, all of it can become overwhelming and affect our daily lives,” Munson said. “It is important to remember there are resources available in our time of need or when we are helping a loved one experiencing a difficult time.
“Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and we should take care of both, especially during challenging times whether we are directly harmed or not.
“When you or a loved one needs help, or simply someone to talk to, call 2-1-1 to seek resources that will be most helpful to you.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
“If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or showing signs of suicide ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-TALK (8255).
“If you are a veteran or have a veteran in your life who needs help, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-8255, Press 1.
“In the last year, I have spent many hours listening to the heavy burdens many Oklahomans are carrying and the heartbreak and grief they are experiencing — and I am deeply grateful for the trust in me to hold space for each conversation. As I try to remind myself, I want to remind my fellow Oklahomans that there is no shame in asking for help. All of us are worthy and deserving of these resources to help us live a healthy, happy, and thriving life.”
Mental Health Providers in Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s safety net providers organize and deliver advanced mental health care and substance abuse treatment services to Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens including those who live at or below the poverty level. They serve in 57 of the state’s 77 counties. They are depicted below in sky blue. The counties in navy blue are covered by state-run facilities.