Northland Healthy Minds Preps Mental Health Community Campaign

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 19, 2018 10:51 PM

DULUTH- It’s time to end the stigma behind mental illness. That’s the message that the Northland Healthy Minds organization will focus on when they launch the "Make It OK" community campaign in May.

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They met at Duluth City Hall on Friday to begin preparations.

"We want to talk about reducing that stigma but also, again, we've collaborated efforts with other groups to make sure that we're connecting people with appropriate resources they need," said Karly Horn, the employee wellness program manager at Essentia Health.

One in five adults will develop a mental illness in their lifetime. What’s worse is that people wait an average of 10 years before seeking treatment, even though they're displaying symptoms.

"Really we need to make it ok for people to be talking about it, to seek treatment, and to really feel safe and valued for whatever they're experiencing,” said Shannon Jorgenson, Healthy Minds chair.

Increasing awareness, gaining knowledge, and encouraging open conversations about mental illness are steps to make it OK and end the stigma, so that people can reach out and get help.

To participate in the "Make It OK" campaign and learn on future events, contact Shannon Jorgenson at or go on


Alejandra Palacios

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