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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

August 2014
How many of you know someone, perhaps in your own family, who struggles with mental illness or substance abuse? The two are closely related and they are a frightening problem in our state. LISTEN NOW - Program 312 - Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health will spend $339 million dollars this year providing mental health services – and many experts say that’s not enough - and point to a $20 million dollar cut in services that will only make things worse. What effect will that have on our communities and our families? LISTEN NOW
Terri White, Kelly Dyer Fry, Ted Streuli and Gerry Bonds
Our guests are Mental Health Commissioner Terri White, a fierce advocate for mental health services, and two parents, Kelly Dyer Fry and Ted Streuli, who know the agony of watching a child drift into the dark depths of substance abuse and mental illness. It's a poignant conversation. 

There is no shame in having a mental illness. As President Bill Clinton has said, "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but its stigma and bias shame us all."

Our guests are living proof that the power of love can overcome that stigma. 

If you want more information about mental health services, go to the website of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at www.ok.gov/odmhsas

 -Debra Martin, Writer- 

Support for this program is provided by the Chickasaw Nation and Governor Bill Anoatubby – who are pleased to support The Living Room with Gerry Bonds and local programming on KOSU.

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Other recent guests include

  • Linda Cavanaugh, KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City
  • Bill Moyers, journalist and PBS host
  • Kate Buford, author, Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe 
  • Bill Anoatubby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation
  • Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B'nai Israel, Oklahoma City
  • Larry Nichols, Executive Chairman, Devon Energy
  • Gary England, Vice President, Griffin Communications
  • Bob Dotson, NBC News


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