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Volunteers needed for 'Make It OK' mental illness campaign

Goodhue County is looking for volunteer ambassadors for the local Make It OK campaign to stop the stigma surrounding mental illness. Free ambassador training will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Goodhue County Health and Human Services, 426 West Ave., in Red Wing. A light meal will be provided.  

Attendees will be encouraged to spread the word about Make It OK by promoting the campaign in the community and leading Make It OK presentations. Since 2014, a total of 2,337 people in Goodhue County have attended a Make It OK presentation. As part of the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan, the goal is that volunteers who attend this ambassador training will conduct additional presentations to bring that total up to 3,000 by the end of 2018. Ambassadors will receive a toolkit with everything needed. 

"Each year 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness, yet many will wait 10 years before seeking treatment. What are the barriers to care? One of them is stigma," according to a news release. “Make It OK is a campaign to start talking and break the silence around mental illnesses. Join the Goodhue County Make It OK campaign by becoming a volunteer Ambassador to stop the stigma and inspire hope."

All are welcome to attend the ambassador training, but attendees are asked to register in advance. For questions or to register, contact Laura Smith at 651-385-3217 or laura.smith@co.goodhue.mn.us.

To learn more about Make It OK, visit www.makeitok.org.

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