‘Make It OK’ to talk about mental illness, end the stigma

The “Make It OK” campaign, led by the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, released tools and resources for employers across the state to raise awareness and take action to end stigma in May, months mental health awareness.

do it okay is a community-based campaign aimed at reducing stigma by starting conversations and improving understanding of mental illness, according to campaign officials. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed every May since 1949 and is a globally recognized event first launched by Mental Health America.

A mental illness is:

• A medical condition that interferes with a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.

• Commmon. Nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental illness.

• Treatable. Most illnesses can be treated effectively with medication, therapy, diet, exercise, and support. Recovery is possible.

“If Iowa workplaces aren’t emphasizing mental health within their organizations, May is a great time to start or recommit to starting the conversation,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative, in a press release. “Workplaces benefit from creating a culture that protects and supports employee mental health.”

the Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 Toolkitdesigned for home and workplace use, invites Iowans to Make It OK in May with:

• Links to Make It OK and mental health resources

• Social media posts and graphics

• Outreach communication templates

• Make It OK Posters

• Make It OK Stories: The Podcast

Iowa employers are also invited year-round to register as a Make It OK Registered Workplace and access a comprehensive toolkit for employers to support their efforts to destigmatize mental illness at home. within their organizations.

Globally, workplaces lose an estimated $1 trillion each year due to employees struggling with mental illness which impacts their productivity, according to the press release.

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