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Virtual presentation on reducing mental health stigma slated


A Make It OK presentation about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, online via Zoom.

Kathy Sell, Crow Wing Energized/Essentia Health, will present the free program. For registration and log in information, visit www.crowwingenergized.org/events .

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

By talking about mental illnesses and what people can do to Make It OK, everyone can change hearts and minds about the misconceptions about mental illnesses. The Make It OK campaign is designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help.

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 the care they need.


When people start talking, they realize that mental illnesses are more common and relatable than people think. And more importantly, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with respect, acceptance and be more apt to get the care they need.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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