Raise awareness during National Suicide Prevention Week

Family wears "i understand" t-shirts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) For 25 years, the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan has been educating the community about the importance of good mental health and suicide prevention. Part of the message boils down to two simple words: be nice!

September 6 through 12 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The Mental Health Foundation is marking it with some special events.

Shake It Up at a series of events with celebrity and guest bartenders on Tuesday, September 8. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can go to one of four participating restaurants and bars to encourage awareness, create conversation, and decrease stigma.

Shakin’ It Up Locations

  • 84th Street Pub & Grille – 8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW, Byron Center
    • Christy Buck, Mental Health Foundation
    • Terri DeBoer, WOOD TV8
    • Emily Linnert, WOOD TV8
  • Nighthawk Food & Spirits – 5950 Whitneyville Ave. SE, Alto
    • Lisa Lyons, State Representative
    • Dick Posthumus, Former Lt. Governor
  • Osteria Rossa – 16 Monroe Center NE, Grand Rapids
    • Susan Shaw, WOOD TV8
    • Kyle Underwood, WOOD TV8
  • Schnitz Ada Grill – 597 Ada Drive, Ada
    • Doug Meijer, Meijer
    • Vonnie Woodrick, i understand

The Mental Health Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala is Wednesday, September 9. It will be hosted by Doug Meijer and will honor the first ever Volunteer of the Year Recognition for Terri DeBoer. The gala is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The awareness mission continues on September 10, with a free screening of “Hope Bridge,” starring Booboo Stewart and Kevin Sorbo. Pick up a free “i understand” t-shirt at one of the locations below starting now and wear it to the movie. Your t-shirt is your ticket! The movie is at 6:30 p.m. at Celebration! Cinema South. Pop and popcorn will be provided, while supplies last. After the movie, stay for a panel discussion with mental health experts and clinicians.

  • Celebration! Cinema South
  • Ada Grill
  • Nighthawk Bar & Grill, Alto
  • Osteria Rossa, Grand Rapids
  • 84th Street Pub, Byron Center

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