Task Force Co-Hosts “Make It Ok” Event for Community Leaders in Amery

Posted on May 12, 2017

Task Force Co-Hosts “Make It Ok” Event for Community Leaders in Amery

The Mental Health Task Force of Polk County along with the Amery Area Community Foundation, the St Croix Valley Foundation and Amery Hospital and Clinic, hosted a mental health community event on Thursday, May 11, at the Hungry Turtle Institute in Amery.

The event featured a presentation by Peter VanDusartz, Director of Program Development at
St Croix Valley Behavioral Health on “Make It Ok,” a public awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses that works to change the hearts and minds of people about the misperceptions of mental illnesses through encouraging open conversations and education on the topic. Participants were encouraged to become Make It Ok ambassadors and schedule training for their organizations or community groups.

The program included an overview of mental health in Polk County, a question and answer session with a panel of representatives from across the mental health services spectrum, and a personal story from Diane Houle, who lost her daughter to suicide.

40 people attended the event, which was conceived and sponsored by the Amery Area Community Foundation. Representatives from the Amery School District, area churches, law enforcement, business community, Amery Hospital and Clinics, and other community and service organizations, participated in the event.