There will be a free online Make It OK presentation noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 via Zoom, hosted by Crow Wing Energized.

The latest Crow Wing County community health survey found more than a quarter of adults in the county experience mental illness. Most will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma, the survey reported.

The Make It OK campaign is designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help. The campaign was developed in collaboration with HealthPartners, Regions Hospital, the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and others.

Mental illnesses are more common and relatable than people think, a news release stated, and people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with respect, acceptance and be more apt to get the care they need when mental illnesses are destigmatized.

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