Oklahoma Gazette was given the National Alliance on Mental Illness' Outstanding Media Award April 16 for contributions to the goals of NAMI Oklahoma.
NAMI Oklahoma recognized the Gazette for Nathan Gunter's "Crisis intervention" story, which published Aug. 2, 2006. The article addressed actions taken by the Oklahoma Bar Association to provide preventative assistance to lawyers struggling with:
" mental illness,
" substance abuse and
" other stress-related issues.
Gina Dabney's "What's the 211?" article described the addition of the 211 phone service to HeartLine. The service connects callers to offerings such as suicide awareness programs for youth and the elderly.
"During the legislative session, Gazette routinely has articles concerning the legislative agenda and provides information for those of us interested in legislative issues which may involve mental health and associated funding," said NAMI Oklahoma member Jo Rogers. "The Gazette is always interesting and often provocative and gives the reader an in-depth account of the news events of our community."
NAMI is the nation's biggest grassroots mental health organization, focused on improving the lives of people with serious mental illness.