The mental health issue of suicide has been pushed to the forefront of our nation’s conversation. Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 per capita in suicide rates. In the early sixties, David Bernstein became the executive director of the Mental Health Association and was an early advocate for suicide prevention by bringing the concept of a suicide hotline to Tulsa. He also established the Suicide Prevention Center which was the first of its kind in the Southwest. Beth Macklin who was the religion writer for the Tulsa World was one of his first volunteers.
In his oral history interview, David Bernstein talks about suicide and comments on this sentence from a letter: “Dear Mary, I hate you, Love John”. Listen here to Chapters 10 and 11.
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