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We are one of the 8 finalists for the Connecting with Community Award!

We want to say a big "THANK YOU!" to the Kent County Medical Society Alliance for choosing the MHF!

be nice. is feature on Maranda Where You Live

be nice. flyover is featured on Woodtv's Daybreak

 

2nd Annual "be nice" flyover is featured on WZZM 13

"nice bench" event is featured on eightWest

Channel 3 story on Ted Kennedy and Lt. Governor Brian Calley speaking at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids

Christy appears on Fox 17 to talk about ways to get help if you or someone you know is depressed.

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MHF Blog

A Great First Week

September 1, 2013

It was a busy first week spreading the 'be nice." message!

Get Mentally Fit Moment - be nice.

May 2, 2013

Christy explains the relationship between be nice. and mental health

be nice.

be nice.

is a positive anti-bullying initiative designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide.

Myth vs. Fact

myth:

Troubled youth just need more discipline.

fact:

Almost 20% of youths in juvenile justice facilities have a serious emotional disturbance and most have a diagnosable mental disorder.

US Department of Justice

myth:

Teenagers don't suffer from "real" mental illnesses–they are just moody.

fact:

One in five teens has some type of mental health problem in a given year. Ten million children and adolescents suffer from a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.

myth:

People who abuse drugs aren't sick, they're just weak.

fact:

Over 66% of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health problem which complicates treatment.

Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health

myth:

Eating disorders only affect celebrities and models.

fact:

3–5% of teenage girls and 4–10% of boys have a diagnosable eating disorder. Anorexia affects 2.5 million Americans and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

myth:

Children are too young to get depressed, it must be something else.

fact:

More than two million children suffer from depression in the United States and more than half of them go untreated.

US Center for Mental Health Services

myth:

We're good people. Mental illness doesn't happen in our family.

fact:

One in four families is affected by a mental health problem.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

myth:

Childhood mental health problems are the result of poor parenting.

fact:

If someone in your family has a mental illness, then you may have a greater chance of developing the illness. Mental illness generally has little or nothing to do with parenting.

myth:

Talk about suicide is an idle threat that need not be taken seriously.

fact:

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among high school students and the second leading among college students. Talk about suicide should always be taken seriously.