The most recent Crow Wing County community health survey found that more than one in four adults in Crow Wing County experience mental illness. Most will wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma.

The public is invited to a Make It OK presentation from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Brainerd High School cafeteria to learn more about reducing stigma. When we start talking, we realize that mental illnesses are more common and relatable than we think. And more importantly, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with respect, acceptance and be more apt to get the care they need.

Presenters are Kathy Sell from Crow Wing Energized and life coach Jane Brekken.

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.

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.