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By Whitney Bryen
Oklahoma Watch 

Oklahomans share their struggle for mental healthcare as feds investigate statewide treatment

 

January 6, 2023

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Morgan Evans, a counselor at the Halo Project, speaks to a University of Central Oklahoma student who is studying to become a therapist. Evans, 25, said she struggles with her own mental health. Judgmental comments from members of her former church and others in her community deterred her from getting treatment for years, she said.

A Guthrie father spent two nights in an emergency room after his son attempted suicide only to be sent home because every state mental health treatment facility that cares for children was full.

After recovering from methamphetamine addiction, an Antlers woman became a peer recovery specialist to help others. She makes too much money to receive free medication and not enough to afford the pills and counseling that are keeping her sober.

A former pastor told employees at an Oklahoma City crisis center that he was suicidal and was turned away because he sleeps with a C-PAP machine, which is...



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