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Help Yourself + Help Others (Lawton)

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Lawton Public Library

110 Southwest 4th Street

Lawton, OK 73501

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), more than 700,000 Oklahomans could benefit from treatment for mental illness or substance abuse disorders. Yet the state ranks 46th in the nation for state-sponsored behavioral health services.

As Oklahomans search for assistance, many turn to their public libraries to locate services and information. In a 2014 ALA survey of 1300 libraries, more than 85 percent of respondents said they assist mentally ill patrons on a regular basis.

To help libraries address this need, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is pleased to partner with ODMHSAS and state and community organizations to host five regional workshops for librarians.

The free workshop will include:

  • A morning session featuring an overview from the Department of Mental Health, plus tips on resource organizations that can help if you have a customer in crisis.
  • A noon session on the subject of suicide and suicide prevention (Pizza provided by Integris)
  • An afternoon public program that showcases organizations and services that support families and individuals with mental health challenges

Library staff who attend the morning and lunch sessions will earn 0.27 CEUs. Participants who stay for the afternoon public session will receive an additional .24 CEUs for a total of 0.51 CEUs for the full day.

For more information, contact info@libraries.ok.gov.


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Sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


Participating Entities

A Chance to Change

Green Shoe Foundation

Integris

Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Military One Source

NAMI Oklahoma

Northcare

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics

Oklahoma City-County Health Department

Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Oklahoma National Guard, State Family Programs


Committee Volunteers

Mark Woodward, OK Bureau of Narcotics

Nisha Wilson, OK Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Tom Thomson, OK Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Jeff Dismukes, OK Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Sarah Rahal, Northcare

Sara Barry, Integris

Carrie Blumert, OKC-County Health Department

Major Clay Fees, Oklahoma National Guard, State Family Programs

Wendy Nix, NAMI Oklahoma

Trey Bruce, Military One Source

JoBeth Hamon, Mental Health Association Oklahoma

Janienne Bella, A Chance to Change

Jeanean South, MA, CFRE, Green Shoe Foundation

Susan McVey, OK Department of Libraries

Leslie Gelders, OK Department of Libraries

Judy Tirey, OK Department of Libraries

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