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Public invited to Make It OK presentation to reduce mental health stigma

A Make It OK presentation on mental illness will be 6-7 p.m. March 5 at the Brainerd High School cafeteria.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Presenters will be Kathy Sell with Crow Wing Energized and Jane Brekken, a life coach.

The most recent Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found that more than 1 in 4 adults in Crow Wing County experience mental illness. Most will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma.

Make It OK was developed in collaboration with HealthPartners, Regions Hospital, the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other community partners to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses. By breaking the silence, the Make It OK campaign hopes to de-stigmatize mental illnesses so people will be more willing to seek out the care they need.

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