Brainerd Northside Neighborhood Association to meet Dec. 16

Program on mental health, resiliency and hope to be discussed.

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Brainerd Northside Neighborhood Association will host its monthly meeting 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 16 via Zoom.

The guest speaker is Karen Johnson, program manager of Crow Wing Energized. Johnson will speak on the topic of mental health, resiliency and hope along with information on the Make It OK campaign for reducing the stigma of mental illness, what to say and what not to say.

Northside meeting brief
Karen Johnson with grandkids Karen and Edith participating in the Crow Wing Energized Move It My Mental Health. Submitted photo

Crow Wing Energized is the community health branch of Essentia Health, which works closely with Crow Wing County and is funded in large part by a Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant through the state of Minnesota. Crow Wing Energized is a grassroots movement to improve the health and wellness in the community by making the healthy choice the easy choice, a news release stated.


The Brainerd Northside Neighborhood Association is a not-for-profit community-based organization encompassing all residents, businesses, nonprofits and faith communities residing within the north area of Brainerd. According to the release, the association’s purpose is to provide a forum for the discussion of neighborhood and community issues; plan activities to build a sense of neighborhood; provide neighbors the opportunity to meet each other; plan neighborhood improvement programs to clean up and beautify the neighborhood; work alongside community resources of government, businesses, nonprofits and citizens to continue to improve the neighborhood and find solutions for issues; sponsor crime prevention programs and promote the history of the northside.

Monthly association meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month via Zoom, until future meetings can be hosted at The Center on Kingwood Street.

For more information and a link to the meeting email or find them on .

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