an upstream mental health and suicide prevention program with an action plan
At its most basic, be nice. is a four-step action plan to notice, invite, challenge and empower individuals to take action when they or someone they know may be experiencing a change in their mental health. Take it a step further, and be nice. becomes a program that uses the action plan as a basis for mental health and suicide prevention education in schools, workplaces, and faith congregations.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Christy Buck, the Foundation enlisted Grand Valley State University researchers to conduct an evidence-based study within schools to prove the effectiveness of the program. Results prove the implementation of be nice. in schools creates a positive culture and increases mental health referrals and suicide prevention behaviors. read the study