6 weeks of Make It OK

By Make It OK-Iowa on Friday, August 21, 2020

The Make It OK campaign in Iowa, led by the Healthiest State Initiative is hosting a six-week virtual mental health series, in tandem with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Capital Crossroads, titled "6 Weeks of Make It OK."

The goal of "6 Weeks of Make It OK" is to have conversations around mental health that look at how we cope with our own well-being. Collective and individual mental health is fundamental to how we think, work, and interact with our families, friends, colleagues and greater community. 

  • Week 1: August 20 - Make It OK & Back to School, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Week 2: August 27 - To Be Human in a Pandemic: Understanding, Honoring, and Navigating Emotions, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Week 3: September 10 - Make It OK at Work, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Week 4: September 17 - Make It OK with One Economy, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Week 5: September 24 - The Arts & Make It OK, 12 -1 p.m. 
  • Week 6: October 1 - Make It OK During COVID, 12 -1 p.m. 

This will be a mix of panel and speaker led sessions, with time at the end for Q&A. Additional resources will also be shared at the end of each session. 

Week 1: Make It OK & Back to School

What does "back to school" mean during COVID-19? You’ll hear from a college student, a parent, a medical professional and a Des Moines Public School staff member on what the new school schedule and these different kinds of learning might mean for your mental health and for children and teachers.

Week 2: To Be Human in a Pandemic: Understanding, Honoring, and Navigating Emotions

Sarah Noll Wilson, executive coach and keynote speaker, hosts this motivational session that inspires us all for ways we can Make It OK during COVID-19 and beyond.

Week 3: Make It OK at Work

A panel discussion on mental health and well-being in the workplace and what it might mean to Make It OK at work. You’ll hear from a regional business leader, the SVP of a large bank, and a small business owner. 

Week 4: Make It OK & One Economy 

A panel discussion on mental health in the Black community and its relation to the work and data within the One Economy Report. You’ll hear from several community leaders as they share their lived experiences and information related to mental health and well-being.

Week 5: The Arts & Make It OK

Explore the creative arts and our mental health. You'll hear a discussion on the arts and how creative expression can lead to overall greater wellness and stress reduction. 

Week 6: Make It OK during COVID-19

A panel discussion on your overall health during COVID-19. You’ll hear from a doctor, a member of the Iowa Department of Health team, and a dentist on what they’ve seen, heard and recommend to all individuals as we live and work through COVID.