MHF Events

Stomp Out Stigma 5K Walk for Mental Health

This annual walk for mental health awareness and suicide prevention happens on the third Saturday in May in downtown Grand Rapids. Stomp Out Stigma welcomes everyone and anyone who is or knows someone who is affected by mental illnesses or suicide. Walk teams are created in memory of lost loved ones, supportive local organizations, and be nice. schools, workplaces, faith congregations, and community advocates.


Saturday, May 16, 2020

8:00 am - Gathering

9:00 am - Walk Start (Rain or Shine)


Start at Grand Valley State University - Seward Parking Lot - and we walk along the Riverwalk.


3 Mile walk along the Riverwalk

*there is a shortcut which is a 1-mile walk


Proceeds from the walk benefit our be nice. Programs and awareness throughout the community. Through the be nice. Action plan (notice, invite, challenge, empower) we are able to educate students about mental illnesses and encourage them to exchange stereotypes for understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

Teams compete with one another to see who can raise the most money to support mental health and suicide prevention education provided by the MHF. The top teams are awarded and receive special recognition at the event. Every individual who raises $100 or more receives an exclusive SOS Walk shirt, which are not available for purchase.

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Shining Through Art Show and Auction

This annual event highlights the artists in our community who manage ongoing or persistent mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and so on. Our Shining Through event highlights these artists and decreases stigma. For our artists, creating artwork is a release, expression, a light in the darkness.

Along with being highlighted at the event, artists receive 51% of the revenue made on their artwork. The other 49% goes back to the Foundation to support mental health education throughout West Michigan.

This event is hosted on the third Thursday of October.

**NOTE TO ARTISTS: Information about participating in this year's event - including the theme - will be sent out via mail next month. If you are a new participant and would like to receive more information about Shining Through, please email Kandice at

Contact the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

349 Division Ave S Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616.389.8601

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