I PLEDGE to Make it OK!
To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May, FirstLight is launching a campaign called “I Pledge to Make it OK”, following the national campaign, ‘Make It OK’, to change people’s hearts and minds about the misunderstandings surrounding mental illnesses.
We want to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illness and learn more about common conditions to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Mental health stigma can be exclusion, silence, labeling, or a negative attitude displayed.
The national campaign, Make it OK, explains mental illness as:
Treatable health conditions that are very common in the world today. Mental illnesses can affect anyone, without regard to age, race, religion or income.
What can you do?
By pledging to ‘Make it OK’ to talk about mental illness, we all can encourage others to talk openly about mental illness, learn more about mental illness, not let stigma create shame around the illness, and encourage treatment to someone suffering from mental illness–
These will all help reduce the stigma!
By reducing the stigma, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with more respect, acceptance and may be more apt to get the care they need.
Through this campaign, in May our #FirstLightFamily and collaborating community partners will encourage everyone to take the pledge and wear a green bracelet to bring awareness to mental health conditions.
If you would like to be part of this, come to any one of our entrances at all of our locations and pick up your green bracelet. Show your commitment to Make it OK, by “I Pledge to Make it OK!”
Facts about Mental Illness-
What is Mental illness?
- A medical condition
- It disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning
- It is very common, 1 in 4 people will develop a mental illness in their lifetime (souce: NAMI)
- How common is 1-4? As common as silver colored cars driving down the road, people with iPhones® and those with brown eyes.
- It is treatable with therapy, diet, exercise, support, and medication
Common conditions include: anxiety, ADD/ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), postpartum depression (PPD), bi-polar disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and schizophrenia
What mental illness is not-
- Something to “get over”, or “just snap out of” and it cannot be willed away
- A character flaw, it cannot define you
What causes mental illness?
- Chemical or biochemical imbalance in the brain
Our Trusted Resources:
- Make It OK.org
- FirstLight Mental Health Resources (PDF)
- Locally, visit: ORG
- Nami (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Crisis Connection serving Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Chisago and Pine counties call 1-800-523-3333 [hyperlink ph] 24hrs/365 days per year or Text the word LIFE to 61222
- For teens, click here for change to chill by Allina Health
- Providers able to help you:
- Helpful video about stigma: https://stampoutstigma.com/get-educated.html
- What is Mental Health
Join Danna and Melissa for a pizza party and a Q&A covering Type 1 Diabetes, May 7th at the Pine City Pizza Pub! Diabetes education, resources, handouts and other information will also be provided by Julie Miller, Clinic Diabetes Program Nurse Coordianator.
Join us on May 16, 2017 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley for information regarding the Opioid and Heroin crisis our region is facing. Speakers include medical professionals, treatment experts, law enforcement & community members sharing their personal stories. Resources will be available.
Learn more and by joining the discussion.
There is HELP and there is HOPE!
This event is being sponsored by:
- University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
- Grand Casino
- FirstLight Health System
- Pine County Sheriff
- Essentia Health
- Gateway Family Health Clinic
- Pine County Probation
- Pine County Attorney’s Office
- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
- Pine County Chemical Health Coalition
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
- Pine County Public Health
SACK Coalition is excited to announce plans for a community outreach event
“Better Together – Talking with Kids about Drugs & Alcohol“
Thursday, April 27th 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Trailview School Commons
This is a FREE community event! A light supper will be served with refreshments as well beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Please share this information with your friends, neighbors and co-workers!
Safe Sitter for Boys & Girls
- Ages 11-13 years old
- Class size is limited to 18-21 students
- Current curriculum offers Child / Infant CPR
- $25 registration fee for all locations
- All course times are 9-3:30, with a graduation ceremony at 3:30 for parents to attend
- 6/6 Mora
- 6/13 Pine City
- 6/15 Cambridge
- 6/20 Isle
- 6/27 Hinckley
| Joell Tvedt
| Krista Matson
| Pine City
| Teresa Plasek
| Kathy Young
| Mandy Odencrans
More information should be directed to Mandy Odencrans @ 320-225-3573, email@example.com
In case you missed Part 1 of 4, Nutrition 101: The Power of Protein, you can now view the presentation online. What is Protein? Why do we need it? How much do we need?
Join us for Part 2 on May 17th!