The most recent Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found that more than 1 in 4 adults in the county experience mental illness.

Experts say most will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma.

The Make it OK campaign focuses on creating caring community conversations to reduce that stigma. Crow Wing Energized is offering a Make it OK Ambassador and refresher training opportunity for the community. The training will prepare individuals to present the Make it OK message to others in their community.

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 individuals to talk more openly about mental illnesses.

To become an ambassador, register for the free online training, which will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. Register by visiting