“If you had heart disease, you would go to the doctor to get it treated. It’s the same thing with your mental health,” says Cher Golding, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma. “In fact, while heart disease has a 70% recovery rate with treatment, mental health problems have an 85% recovery rate!”
This is the message of hope the organization is spreading across the state of Oklahoma. “We’re trying to break the stigma around mental health and talk about it openly,” said Cher. By speaking at various events, the organization works to share information about mental health and help people find the services they (or a loved one) might need… right in their community.
While this is an effective way of connecting with people, the Mental Health Association needed an organizational identification piece to leave behind. They worked with ROBYN Promotions to develop the “Planting Seeds of Hope” postcard. Not only is the postcard a great reminder of the organization’s positive message, but also the attached green ribbon is embedded with annual and perennial wildflower seeds to be planted and nurtured. It’s a great analogy to caring for one’s mental health.
Another way the organization helps spread their message is by promoting the events of related organizations. Next week is National Suicide Prevention Week sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). On Saturday, September 10th, the Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting an AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise money for research and education programs to prevent suicide. Registration starts at 7:00 am and the walk begins at 8:00. What a great way to enjoy this beautiful weather while helping a great cause.
September 12, 2011