GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD): A major announcement was shared at a press conference held by the mental health awareness initiative be nice.
In an effort to expand its campaign in West Michigan, The Wayne Elhart Be Nice Memorial Fund offered a match in funding to bring the be nice. program to the students of Ottawa County.
We serve 55,000 children. can you think of anything more important than assuring their safety and mental health?”- Peter Haines, Superintendent of Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.
The total investment of $160,000 goes towards the program which gives students the tools and vocabulary to notice and treat depression early. Half of this investment ($80,000) will be funded by the Wayne Elhart Be Nice Memorial Fund.
After this initial match, the fund will give $26,000 in subsequent years.
The press conference had speakers ranging from students to health professionals who are dedicated and passionate about the cause.
When one in four of us are impacted by depression, it’s a tool that we all need. And for 50 cents a student, it really is a remarkably low investment for such a huge return on investment.” – Jeff Elhart.
The impact made by the Mental Health Foundation and the Elhart Family through be nice. honors those who have died by depression and suicide and makes a change in the community to Notice the signs, Invite to help, Challenge the stigma, and Empower each other.
If you think it’s time to make a difference in your school, business, or community, reach out to be nice.