There is an 80-90% recovery rate with proper treatment.

The campaign has succeeded in raising awareness of the importance of mental wellness in the county.

 2017 Accomplishments

  • January - Kick-off event to celebrate the 10th year anniversary year of the MWCAC.
  • February – MWCAC Display Table at the Peace Lutheran Church Wellness Fair.
  • March-Interviewed candidates for the MWCAC Administrative Coordinator Position.
  • April -Accomplished strategic goal for 2017:  Hired a part-time Administrative Coordinator
  • May - Sponsored the 8th Annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness with 150 participants.
  • May - QCTV filmed a MWCAC Board Meeting, interviewed Board members, interviewed persons at the 5K Walk and produced a program about the MWCAC and the 5K Walk that aired on TV. 
  • May – MWCAC Display at the Rum River Library.
  • May - Youth Mental Health First Aid Anoka UCC Church and had a MWCAC display table.
  • One Board Member and the Administrative Coordinator attended the Train the Trainer conference for the Happy Hour Course. 
  • Partnered with Anoka County to deliver MDH monthly webinars.
  • November - Display Table at the NAMI Annual Conference.
  • Continued distribution of the Trauma Informed Care white paper.
  • Accomplished strategic goal for 2017:  Recruited and added 8 new Board members.

General Accomplishments

  • Partnered to provide mental wellness messages in backpacks for children.
  • Participated in the Anoka County Fair by having a display table.
  • Developed educational presentations on depression, the elderly and school-aged children.
  • Provided public education displays during Mental Health Awareness month.
  • Participated in Mental Health Day on the Hill in St. Paul.
  • Sponsored a 5K run.   Holds annual 5K walks for Mental Wellness.
  • Enhanced media relations resulting in numerous articles and newscasts.
  • Participated in forums related to wellness and mental wellness involving faith communities.
  • Developed and distributed, in partnership with Wilder Research, a survey to assess community attitudes about mental health.
  • Participated in NAMI MN’s NAMI Walks.
  • Display booth at NAMI’s Annual Conference
  • Helped sponsor “Let’s Talk about It! – Anoka County”, a discussion of mental health needs in schools.
  • Produced a DVD called “Faces – Unmasking Mental Illness”.
  • Purchased a billboard poster with a message about erasing the stigma of mental illness.
  • Developed a white paper, with Wilder Research, on Trauma Informed Care.
  • In partnership with NAMI, supported Mental Health First Aid courses for participants in Anoka County.



Depression is the most common type of mental illness