Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Posted by Rachel Meinke on 09/01/2014

August 2014

Youth in Distress

How many of you listening out there 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 and across America. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health will spend $339 million dollars this year providing mental hewhile they point to a $20 million dollar cut in services that will only make things worse. What effect will those cuts have on our communities and our families? LISTEN NOW

Terri White, Kelly Dyer Fry, Ted Streuli and Gerry BondsOur guests are Mental Health Commissioner Terri White - a fierce advocate for mental health services, OPUBCO’s Kelly Dyer Fry and Journal Record’s Ted Streuli who are parents who know the agony of watching a child drift into the dark depths of substance abuse and mental illness.  LISTEN NOW

President Bill Clinton said, "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of - but its stigma and bias shame us all." Our guests are living proof of how 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

Debra Martin~ Writer/Producer

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