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    Oklahoma City is a small, dynamic place that encourages its residents to settle and enjoy family life. Its average residents, middle-aged and middle-income people with families, are also those most likely to need mental health assistance. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) indicates that the biggest mental health concerns in the metropolitan area are mood disorders, substance abuse and addiction, and acute mental illness such as schizophrenia.

    The ODMHSAS and the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma (MHACO) offer a variety of tools for identifying these issues affecting the community. The MHACO supports a number of free hotlines for mental health crises, including the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the 2-1-1 Emergency Information line. The ODMHSAS also has an outreach hotline. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to emergency numbers, both organizations hold informational events throughout the year to discuss everything from chronic depression to gambling addiction. Also, they offer tips on identifying signs of mental illness. Their voluntary Teen Screen program offers mental health outreach for schools, shelters, and youth organizations to help a population whose mental health needs often go unreported.

    If you think you or someone you know could benefit from work with a mental health specialist but you’re not sure where to start, these Oklahoma City informational events and services are a great place. You should also look for therapists who are geographically convenient for you, and who can provide a therapy environment that’s most comfortable for you.

    Being able to communicate effectively about your mental health needs and concerns will help you and your therapist make a positive, productive treatment plan. You can learn to express feelings of depression, describe experiences with substance addiction, identify signs of mood disorders and address the confusion associated with psychosis by learning from professionals with years of experience treating these issues.

    Mental health care in Oklahoma City is affordable for everyone regardless of income. Many health insurance programs offer coverage for mental health treatment. In addition, Oklahoma City has a number of mental health services designed for people in low-income circumstances. There are programs that offer low-cost and no-cost mental health care for people in need throughout Central Oklahoma, and some ;programs provide supplemental care for veterans in the region.

    Oklahoma City’s community of mental health professionals is dedicated to making the region a safe and positive place to call home for everyone. Every problem, no matter how difficult, has a solution. Educating yourself about mental health and reaching out to those who can help are the first steps toward a brighter future.