Grand Valley State University research professors studied the be nice. program in a school setting over the span of three years to prove the effectiveness of the program in making a change when it comes to mental health.
The research included quantitative and qualitative analyses taken from staff, students, and parents of 74 schools throughout the state. Ultimately, the study proves the be nice. program enables a positive climate. It inspires an atmosphere that does not tolerate bullying and provides an awareness surrounding the mental health aspects of negative social behaviors. Implementation of the program creates a sense of connectedness among peers and develops a positive culture with an emphasis on compassion, understanding, and awareness.
The MHF has translated the study’s results into a business and faith institution setting to expand the footprint of the be nice. action plan. So far, consumer testimonials prove the implementation of the program in these settings has also shown to be successful in creating mental health awareness and increasing suicide prevention behaviors.