Mental Health Download

His Name Isn't "Homeless." It's Jose. #SeeMe

An episode of Mental Health Download

Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each month about mental illness, homelessness, incarceration and suicide, and how each can impact our lives in a profound way.

Mental health affects everyone, yet the social stigma attached to mental health issues keeps so many of our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors silent.

Why are we so afraid to talk about these issues?

Each month, our host Matt Gleason invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.
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Gail Richards on Overcoming Addiction to Anxiety Medication
On this episode of the Mental Health Download,  Mike Brose, the CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, interviews his longtime friend,    and one of the greatest supporters of our organization, Gail Richards. They're going to talk about a number of things, but, primarily, Gail is our guest today because she is courageously sharing her story so that others may understand what it's like to overcome an addiction to a prescription that she was prescribed to overcome anxiety. But what was prescribed as an "as needed" drug became, eventually, something that she was taking all the time. It's a great honor that Gail's with us to share a story that Mike and I know is going to do a lot of good. And that's really what Gail is all about -- she's one of the most compassionate and helpful people that we know. 
June 14, 2019
Tulsa World's Let's Talk: Mental Health Forum
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, we were on location at the University of Tulsa for the Tulsa World's Let's Talk Forum on Mental Health.  The panelists included TU President Gerard Clancy, who is a psychiatrist; Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Dr. Martin Paulus, scientific director and president of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Participating as special guests at the event were Oklahoma’s first lady, Sarah Stitt, and Michael Brose, chief empowerment officer of Mental Health Association Oklahoma.
May 31, 2019
Homelessness Experts Mack Haltom & Mike Brose
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, Mike Brose, CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, interviews his longtime friend and collaborator Mack Haltom, who is the executive director of the Tulsa Day Center. The homelessness experts talk about a variety of things, including homelessness myths and why collaboration is one of the greatest tools in the fight to end homelessness in Tulsa. 
May 29, 2019
Review of Oklahoma's 2019 Legislative Session
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, Jake Glantz, Mental Health Association Oklahoma's advocacy specialist, reviews Oklahoma's 2019 legislative session. You'll hear about the state of mental health funding, criminal justice reform and more. 
May 24, 2019
His Name Isn't "Homeless." It's Jose. #SeeMe
Jose Vega, of Oklahomans for Equality, explains what it was like to be rejected by his family because he was gay. Then, he explains what it was like surviving homelessness while also trying to balance the pressures of high school. For the second part of the Mental Health Download, we talk with Beth Svetlic, who oversees Mental Health Association Oklahoma's services for young people who have overcome homelessness. Beth started her social work career working with adolescents because, as she said, "they have a lot of autonomy and hope."  
May 21, 2019
Michelle Hand Shares Her Story about Postpartum Depression
Michelle Hand, a mother of two,  shares what it was like experiencing postpartum depression after having her second child. Her advice to mothers is to reach out for help if they're experiencing depression even if it is hard. 
May 12, 2019
Highlights from the My Mind Matters Rally at the Capitol
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, you'll hear highlights from this year's My Mind Matters rally at the Capitol. You'll hear speeches that will inspire you, break your heart and, most importantly, get you ready to advocate for essential mental health services wherever you live.
April 26, 2019
Weather Anxiety is Real
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, we take on weather anxiety. First, our host, Matt Gleason, talks with Tulsa meteorologist Jon Haverfield. Jon grew up battling weather anxiety but overcame it to the point he chases tornadoes for a living. Then, Matt interviews Julie Summers, who serves as Mental Health Association Oklahoma's Director of Outreach and Prevention. Julie offers helpful tips to cope with weather anxiety and gives insight into responding to the needs of people in the aftermath of a tornado.
April 24, 2019
#SeeMe: My Name isn't Criminal, it's Melodie.
On the latest episode of The Mental Health Download podcast, we’re kicking off Mental Health Association Oklahoma’s See Me campaign with a conversation with our very own Melodie Mills. Each day, Melodie’s helping people in Oklahoma City experiencing homelessness start a new life in recovery. She’s amazing at her job because she truly understands what they are going through and how to overcome the greatest of barriers.   In Melodie’s own life, though, she hasn’t had many second chances. Instead, her battle with addiction led her to spending just over five years in prison. At one point, she felt like society saw her as a monster not as someone in need of life-changing substance use treatment. That’s why Melodie is one of the many faces of the See Me campaign.  The heart of the See Me campaign is really driven by the fact that we all like to look away when we see people who are panhandling on the side of the road, people experiencing severe mental illness, or people who are experiencing homelessness. This can make people uncomfortable. All of the sudden, people look away to anywhere they can, their phone, the radio, anything, that isn’t that person outside the car window.  The See Me campaign is about challenging everyone to make eye contact with people who we want to look away from, because that’s how we’re going to see what unites us — our humanity. 
March 29, 2019
Teen on Suicide & Stigma
On this episode of the Mental Health Download, the CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Mike Brose, and host Matt Gleason talk with Sophie Pazzo. She's a Tulsa teenager who shares her thoughts on the stigma of mental illness, suicide and the critical role teens like her play in making a difference in the community.
February 19, 2019
New Year's Resolutions that Start New Lives
During our Mental Health Download podcast, we usually take on just one of four powerful topics each month. Well, during our latest episode we take on all four -- mental illness, suicide, incarceration, and homelessness. The reason we're taking on all four topics is because we're talking about New Year's resolutions that won't make you lose weight or help you start exercising, but they will give you opportunities to make a big difference in your community. 
January 15, 2019
Suicide in a Smalltown
Welcome to the Mental Health Download from Mental Health Association Oklahoma. Each month on our program, we take on one of four themes that are too big to ignore: mental illness, suicide, incarceration and homelessness. During this episode, Mike Brose, CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and our host, Matt Gleason, will explore what happened in the small Oklahoma town of Wilburton, Oklahoma after a cluster of suicides claimed the lives of young people and even a school teacher. Then, we’ll hear from Dr. Paul Quinnett. Dr. Quinnett is a clinical psychologist and President and CEO of the QPR Institute. Based in Spokane, Washington, the training organization is set on preventing suicides across the globe by teaching people a single question that saves lives from suicide. Learn more about Mental Health Association Oklahoma at
January 8, 2019
Can Video Games Revolutionize Mental Health?
 What role can video games play in treating mental health and addiction? In this episode of Mental Health Association Oklahoma's podcast, The Mental Health Download, nationally-known professor in neurology, physiology and psychiatry, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, shares a global look at how technology is influencing and changing how we treat PTSD, ADHD, autism, depression, and more. Learn more about Mental Health Association Oklahoma at
January 8, 2019
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