Ever the optimist, White says that most days, “I'm really hopeful that we're getting toward a tipping point. But there are days when it is hard sometimes for me to carry that hope, because it just seems like still there's such a long way to go.”
Bending the curve back in the other direction will require additional funding from the Legislature — our per capita spending on mental health ranks 46th nationally. But just as important, Oklahomans must disabuse ourselves of the notion that seeking help for a loved one, or for ourselves, is a sign of weakness or an embarrassment.
And we must let our elected officials know that improving Oklahoma's mental health outcomes should be a priority. We've been rolling the dice for too long.