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World Mental Health Day in the Parks: It's Human Nature to Need Help

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) invites all Oklahomans to reconnect with nature and prioritize their mental well-being on World Mental Health Day in the Parks. In partnership with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD), ODMHSAS invites all Oklahomans to join us on Saturday, October 14th at Lake Thunderbird State Park and Keystone State Park, where park rangers and staff will proudly sport 988 buttons throughout the week and weekend.

Event Activities Include:

  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Nurture Your Nature Hike: Join us for a guided hike highlighting the numerous mental health benefits of immersing oneself in the great outdoors.
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Crafts and Resources: Visitors can engage in creative crafting activities and access mental health resources at the nature or welcome centers after the guided hike. Knowledgeable park staff will be available for assistance, and ODMHSAS/988 team members will be on-site to provide 988 resources.
  • All Day: Free Parking: Visitors to Keystone and Lake Thunderbird State Parks will enjoy the convenience of complimentary parking throughout the day.

Additional Information: As a special note, park visitors will encounter extra 988 signage at various State Parks across the state, serving as a continual reminder that help is just a call or text away through 988, available 24/7, 365 days a year. If you cannot reach the parks, celebrate World Mental Health Day daily with the sounds of Oklahoma's best idea; access the custom Spotify Playlist (988 Oklahoma X Oklahoma State Parks).

About ODMHSAS 988 Mental Health Lifeline:

ODMHSAS operates a comprehensive network of statewide programs dedicated to meeting the needs and improving the quality of lives for all Oklahomans through efficient and easily accessible services. ODMHSAS offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive community-based treatment continuums for individuals facing mental health and addiction challenges. In addition, the ODMHSAS prioritizes prevention and recovery programs to promote well-being and reduce substance use to help enhance protective factors across every Oklahoma community.

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