I Pledge to Make it OK! Mental Health Awareness, May 2017

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!”

Watch for weekly information about mental health topics on our website, Facebook page  and follow us on Twitter (@FirstLight_FLH).


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-
  • Imaginary
  • 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?
  • Trauma
  • Chemical or biochemical imbalance in the brain
  • Genetics
  • Environment
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Children/Teens & Families with Type 1 Diabetes

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. 

Opiod & Heroin Community Forum Event slated for May 16, 2017 in Hinckley

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!

Click here for compete event details
Click here to view the FaceBook event
Click here to download a PDF of the event

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



Better Together: Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

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 Classes for Boys and Girls





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, modencrans@fl-hs.org

Please also view the student contract and fill out a registration form.

Prenatal Education

Pre-natal Education classes are available to help prepare soon-to-be moms to achieve a healthy pregnancy, satisfying and safe birth.

There are a variety of topics that will be discussed along with presentations presented by guest speakers. Classes are held in Mora or in Pine City on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Mora classes will be held in February, May, September and January 2018. Pine City classes will be held in April, August and November.

Mora Classes are held in Meeting Rooms 1&2 at 301 Hwy 65 S, Mora
Pine City classes are held at the Pine City Clinic at 1425 Main Street, Pine City

Reservations aren't required, but are recommended. Please fill out the form below so we can reserve your spot!


We will contact you via the email you provided if there are any class changes or cancellations. If you need more information please contact one of our OB Educators, at 320-225-3625.