Information and resources are from my personal experiences and Google.- Sarah Jones (edited April 8 2020 to include a guide to online therapy by consumersadvocate.org)
I have been treated for mental health for most of my life, since I was four years old.It began with
OCD and excessive hand-washing. I was an odd kid.
Anxiety began at an early age as well. There were countless times, I couldn’t show up to birthday parties, having made myself sick with anxiety. I had to be careful about what I watched on TV as not to bring on anxiety attacks. I’m not even talking about anything scary or inappropriate for children. My memory specifically recalls it being almost unbearable to watch Lassie reruns.
As I approached my teens, depression began. I started seeing a therapist when I was 12 following my step-fathers traumatizing and violent death. I have first prescribed an antidepressant at 14, Zoloft.
My mom was a bartender, so we didn’t have health insurance, therefore, I am very experienced with utilizing local resources; especially concerning people with little to no income. You could say I’m a resource at this point. So, I have compiled some very useful information for this post. I’m focusing on local resources right now but I will post some national information soon. ( Exception: Nami and hotlines ) Read on…
The covid-19 virus pandemic has made mental health and addiction services more vital than ever. Many people are stuck at home in quarantine or abiding by “stay at home” ordinances. Staying at home, combined with the drastic economic changes the pandemic is causing in our country and the world can lead to increased episodes of mental illness and substance abuse. There are many issues which can stem from the increases in these illnesses such as severe depression, addiction, overdose, death by overdose, self-mutilation, domestic violence, and suicide.
The good folks at consumersadvocate.org had a team of writers investigate the leading online therapy services (therapist credentials and certifications, HIPAA-compliance, and video and text services offered) and came up with this thorough guide: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/online-therapy
Take care of your minds! Everyone please be safe.
I don’t have a lot of experience with this one, but I started going to a “Survivors of Suicide” support group following my husband’s suicide. They are wonderful. They have many groups you can join and it’s free. They also can provide you with information on pretty much everything mental health related.
Family & Children’s Services is the first place I ever received treatment and it’s where I am treated now. I am in a program called PACT. It’s specifically for those suffering from severe mental illness. I was accepted into the program after my husband’s death in 2017. Here’s a link for info on PACT.
I went to Counseling & Recovery for many years. They are also a great resource for information and treatment. They accept insurance and Medicaid but there is no charge if you qualify. They have an in-house pharmacy like Family & Children’s and do not charge you a copay for medication if you can’t afford it although they are slightly pushier about asking for copays than Family & Children’s. It annoyed me because I don’t like confrontation. I regularly sent my husband to pick up my medication because he had no issues with saying “no, I can’t pay you”.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Oklahoma was founded in 1985 by a small group of family members of people with mental illness.
Today, NAMI OK has eight affiliates throughout the state that facilitate support groups, conduct education programs, and send speakers out into the community to increase understanding and bring awareness of mental illness and to share the message that treatment can be effective.
Our mission: NAMI Oklahoma, in partnership with its Affiliates improves the quality of life for individuals and families affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy.
Tulsa Area Crisis Contacts
Copes (Emergency outreach team) 918-744-4800
Tulsa Police Department 911 (emergency) or 918-596-9222 (non-emergency)
Reach Out Helpline-Heartline (Toll- Free) 800-522-9054
Suicide Prevention Line (Toll-Free) 800-273-8255
Emergency Adult Inpatient Action: These crisis care centers provide short-term inpatient assessment and treatment.
Brookhaven Hospital 888-298-HOPE (4673)
Carl Albert Mental Health Services 918-426-7800
Crisis Care Center 918-921-3200
This comes up as COPES but click on Crisis Care Center and it will give you information on their actual hospital where they do assessments etc.
Fort Supply Acute Care Unit 580-766-2311
Red Rock Behavioral Health Services Inc. 405-424-7711 Main Location 405-425-0333 Children’s Crisis Unit 580-323-9765 Clinton Crisis Unit 405-307-4800 Norman Crisis Unit
Talliaferro Community Mental Health Center 580-248-5780
Tulsa Center For Behavioral Health (T.C.B.H.) 918-293-2140 Crisis Line 918-293-2100
Green Country Behavioral Health Services Inc 918-682-8407
Hillcrest Medical Center 918-579-1000
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital 918-481-4000
Parkside Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital 918-588-8888
Oklahoma Crisis Recovery Unit 405-522-8168
Emergency Child Inpatient Action: These crisis care centers provide short term, inpatient assessment and treatment.
Calm Center 918-394-CALM (2256) ages 10-17
Red Rock 405-425-0333 ages 10-17
Children’s Recovery Center 405-364-9004 ( ages 13-17 )
Last but not least, look into QPR training. I took this class after my husband’s death and it is so important. It teaches you how to prevent suicide and how to talk to someone who is suicidal.