We know that treatment works for all ages, and to restrict services to older adults is not acceptable! We must advocate on their behalf.
The symbol of the National Mental Health Association is the bell. The inscription reads "Cast from the shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness." This too represents the goals of the Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition as we reach out to remove the bounds of stigma that continues to hold on to older adults and their needs for acceptance of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
The symbol of the Mental Health Association is the bell. Nearly 50 years ago, the National Mental Health Association issued a call to asylums across the country for chains and shackles that restrained patients. The National Mental Health Association then took these tools of mistreatment and forged them in to a powerful beacon of freedom: the 300-pound mental health bell.