Shed the mental health stigma with OPERS this Mental Health Awareness Month by learning more about the 988 Mental Health Lifeline.

Mental health is one of the most important parts of living a quality, healthy life – which is something that OPERS wants for all our members. Knowing where to turn can be hard if you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. The 988 Mental Health Lifeline has made it easy to get help.

Did you know:

  • 1 in 5 Oklahomans experience a mental illness every year. That’s around 789,000 folks. Most likely you or someone you know are among this number. Don’t be afraid to seek help or support!
  • Depression is a treatable medical condition. Feeling depressed varies from person to person, but it often involves experiencing an overwhelming sense of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness. Check in with yourself and seek treatment if needed!
  • Aging is a natural, normal part of life but can still feel intimidating. However, as we age, we can seek new sources of gratification, meaning, and support systems. Aging joyfully is an experience we all deserve, not something to carry shame about.

Oklahoma’s Mental Health Lifeline connects you directly with trained behavioral health professionals, 24/7/365. Learn more:

About 90% of the time with the Lifeline, things can get sorted out with just a phone call. Simply dial 988 for help.

This article was written in partnership with our friends at Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


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