Mental Health Awareness

Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness.  Most will wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to shame, misunderstanding, negative attitudes, and fear of discrimination.  On June 23rd 2014, the Goodhue County Health and Human Services Board took the “Make It OK” pledge to increase awareness, understanding and erase the stigma surrounding mental illness.  The goal of the Make it OK campaign is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses by encouraging open conversations. 
County Commissioners and Make it OK pledge

Goodhue County Health & Human Services Board Members: Mary Lindahl, Commissioner Ted Seifert, Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel, Commissioner Jim Bryant, Commissioner Richard Samuelson, Gary Iocco and Commissioner Ron Allen.

Take The Pledge
Mental illness has long been shrouded in secrecy and embarrassment and it's time to break the stigma and talk about what each of us can do to Make it OK

Request a Speaker

Request a Speaker
“Make It OK” Presentation: GCHHS staff will arrange for a trained speaker to provide information about the “Make It OK” campaign and about mental illnesses, how to combat stigma and offer helpful hints about how to talk about mental illnesses. This workshop is free and can run anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. A condensed 20 minute version is available. To request a speaker email Goodhue County Health & Human Services