At a glance: How to get mental illness assistance in Oklahoma

At a glance: How to get mental illness assistance in Oklahoma.
Oklahoman Modified: December 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm •  Published: December 26, 2013


One in 100 people will develop schizophrenia in his or her lifetime, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Oklahoma.

Serious mental illness interferes with a person's ability to manage emotions, relate to others, make decisions and think clearly. It is a long-term, complex illness that affects each person differently, according to the alliance.

Symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and lack of interest or pleasure in life. The person may be unaware of having an illness.

There is help for people with the treatable mental illness, said Traci Cook, executive director of the alliance.

“It is a serious mental illness, but recovery is possible for most people that get it,” Cook said. “The trouble comes with getting the help that they need.”

Getting help

To get help or ask questions regarding schizophrenia and other mental illness, contact:

National Alliance for Mental Illness (800) 583-1264,

Careline, 848-CARE

Information and referral services, 211

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE

If a person is suicidal, homicidal or it becomes clear he or she can't take care of themselves, call 911 and ask for a crisis intervention team (CIT) officer who has special training to respond to people experiencing mental health crises.


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