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Be aware of mental health

The week of October 3-9 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and area professionals want you to know that there are numerous local resources that can help you or a family member suffering from mental illness.

The Douglas County Local Advisory Council (LAC) on Adult Mental Health works to reduce the negative stigma around mental illness and to promote and develop competent treatment services for the mentally ill and their families.

The group aims to educate, inform and advocate the residents of Douglas County about mental illness and provide information about local resources and support groups.

LAC is comprised of both mental health providers and consumers who meet the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Social Services Center in Alexandria.

The group currently has an opening for a voting member to be filled by a consumer or family member.

For more information on the opportunity or the LAC in general, contact Anna Olson, LAC co-chair, at (320) 762-3823.


• A brain disoder.

• An illness affecting 1 of 5 people

• Invisible.

• Treatable but sometimes chronic.

• A disability under the Americans with Disabilites Act.

• Often misunderstood.


Lakeland Mental Health - 762-2400

Douglas County Social Services - 762-2302

Lutheran Social Services - 762-5124

Village Family Service Center - 762-8851

Vikingland Community Support Program - 763-6261

Central MN Elder Network - 763-9084

Wings Family Support Services - 1-800-854-9001 or 763-6638

Someplace Safe - 762-1995

Milestones - 763-3466

Solutions Behavioral Health - 762-5411

Assertive Community Treatment - 335-5100.