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StudioTulsa on Health: A Conversation with Mike Brose of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa

Aired on Wednesday, July 31st.

On this installment of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Mike Brose, who's been the executive director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa since 1993. (You'll find a full bio for Brose here.) Back in '93, when Brose first arrived, the Association (as it's often called) could only house 12 people; today, it provides housing for approximately 875 individuals and families, many of whom are battling mental illness and/or overcoming homelessness. As Brose is embarking on his third decade at the helm of the Association, he speaks with us about what the Mental Health Association in Tulsa does, how it has grown, and why it's so important to our community. As he makes clear, the Association is primarily concerned with serving any and all people affected by mental illness. While the organization does not offer treatments or diagnoses, it does focus on preventing mental illness, providing housing for those who lack such, promoting wellness, and advocating for the rights of the mentally ill and/or homeless. And along with its core mission of creating safe and affordable housing for those it serves, the Association also offers many free-to-the-public support groups --- including gatherings for those trying to cope with anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, bullying, the murder or suicide of a loved one, and so forth. (For more information about the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, you can visit this prominent nonprofit organization's website.)

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