MHF Events

Stomp Out Stigma 5K Walk for Mental Health

Happening September 9th, 2021

Location: 160 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Open House Style

Join us on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day

for a family-friendly awareness event to wrap up the Stomp Out Stigma summer tour. With this event, we hope to create a sense of community for those who are or have been affected by mental illness and suicide, strengthen the connection between community members and organizations who have the ability to help, and empower individuals and families to take action when it comes to mental health.

This event will take place at the Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports and Inclusion Center (the former South Christian High School) on 68th Street. It will be an open house setting from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m including a track to walk for mental health, food trucks, bounce houses, giveaways, and more!

As always, we are grateful for our generous community members who see the value in supporting our efforts in mental health education. All participants are encouraged to register for this event. If you would like to create a team and raise money for the be nice. program, click on the button below that says, "create a September walk team." The top three fundraising individuals will receive a be nice. gift bag. If you would like to create a team simply to gather a group and create awareness, click the same button!

If you’ve participated in the Stomp Out Stigma Walk in the past, we want to see you in your shirt! Anyone who attends the event wearing the exclusive walk tee from 2018, 2019, or 2020 can enter to win a be nice. giveaway! If you participated this past May, click the button that says, "I am a return walker from May 2021." We simply need to capture your name and team so we know you're joining us! If you wish to raise money, you can continue to do so on the team page you created in the spring!

If you have lost a loved one to suicide and you would like to honor them with a memorial sign please contact Larissa at larissapayton@benice.org by August 20th. These signs will outline the track and walk route.

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.

Thank you to our SOS 2021 Sponsors!

Shining Through Art Show and Auction...Feeling Good

Happening at the Goei Center on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.

How are you feeling? This simple question is one that we learned to use when connecting with friends and loved ones over the last year. Our separation from our social circles left many people experiencing new emotions and we realized the importance of checking in on one another. At the Mental Health Foundation – be nice. we empower individuals with the tools to understand mental health, how you think and act, and how you are feeling. Each of these things comprise our overall mental health. The work of Mental Health Foundation leads to psychologically safe schools and work environments and provides the tools to recognize signs of suicide and mental health crisis.

Shining Through…Feeling Good is an art show and auction that highlights the creative talents of local artists who are living with severe and persistent mental illness. Each piece of artwork sold at Shining Through is divided between the artist (51%) and the Foundation (49%). Additionally, items donated by local retailers are auctioned with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Foundation’s be nice. and other mental health education programs.

This year's theme artists are Susan Meekhof and Dana Charney

Contact the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

349 Division Ave S Grand Rapids, MI 49503


info@benice.org | 616.389.8601

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