In addition to the be nice. initiative, the Mental Health Foundation provides other educational programming to organizations within and surrounding the Grand Rapids community. If you have more questions about the programs described below, please call us at (616) 389-8601.

Community Presentations

The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan provides interactive, thought provoking, and engaging presentations on the following topics:

  • Depression
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Bullying
  • Mental Illness
  • Stigma


$250 – Presentations of up to an hour. Call for presentations over one hour.

*Note: Travel expenses are included for presentations within 30 miles of Grand Rapids. Mileage and travel expenses will be billed for all presentations outside of this radius.

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Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health Foundation also provides Mental Health First Aid Trainings throughout the year. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We currently have staff certified to instruct both Youth Mental Health First Aid (training for adults who work with youth) and Adult Mental Health First Aid (training for adults who work with other adults). We have trained a variety of different groups including: bus drivers, teachers, social workers, athletic trainers, and professionals.

If you are interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid training or attending a training, please e-mail us at or call us at (616) 389-8601.

*Note: Trainings are available for Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. For more information on Mental Health First Aid in your area, visit

Live Laugh Love

The Mental Health Foundation also offers Live Laugh Love: Educating Youth About Mental Health program to greater Grand Rapids area middle and high schools. This four session training covers the following topics:

  • What is mental health?
  • The stigma associated with mental illness
  • How can you recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide in yourself and others?
  • What can you do when you notice changes in your own or others mental health?
  • What are the mental health resources available to our community?
  • Protective factors that help in preventing mental illness
For pricing and to schedule the Live Laugh Love program at your school, please e-mail us at or call us at (616) 389-8601.

Additional information can be found through the Mental Health Foundation’s website here. 

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