Prisons have become the largest mental health providers in the
After seeing the presentation at a NAMI Oklahoma Board meeting, the Chief Mental Health Officer for
After the presentation, word spread about “In Our Own Voice”. The Chief of Mental Health felt that the program would be valuable for all levels of prison staff. We have now planned presentations for the deputy wardens and chiefs of security from facilities across the state. In January, we will also present to the Wardens and other upper management in the department of Corrections. The potential impact is significant.
Most touching is a quote that reflects how “In Our Own Voice” changes attitudes and reduces the stigma surrounding mental illness. An inmate at a correctional facility states simply: “They let us know that people be (sic) suffering from mental illness and you would never know and would probably laugh at them. But when your (sic) made aware, you can be more supportive of them and there (sic) situations”.
Submitted by: Michelle Crocheron, presenter: Wayne McGuire, Ph.D., Coordinator of “In Our Own Voice”,