Live Laugh Love 5K Run/Walk

August 6, 2014, 5:30 PM

The Western Michigan University – Grand Rapids Student Occupational Therapy Association (WMU – GR SOTA) is holding the 4th Annual Live Laugh Love 5K Run/Walk on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. This fun event will be held at Comstock Riverside Park with proceeds benefitting the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan’s Live Laugh Love and be nice. Education Programs. In addition to a 5K Run/Walk, there will also be a Kids Dash, family friendly activities and a raffle!!


Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Location: Comstock Riverside Park – 2001 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 49505


Time: 5:30 pm Registration begins • 7:00 pm 5K Run/Walk & Kids Dash begins


Registration Fee: $25 (if you register by July 5th) – fee includes 1 Adult Race entrance; Race t-shirt and some fun giveaways. $28 (if you register after July 5th). Additional registration is available to participants on the day of the event.

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Drive Out Stigma

July 7, 2014, 12:00 PM


When: Monday, July 7 

  • 12 pm - Check-in & Lunch
  • 2 pm - Shotgun
  • 6:30 pm - Cocktail Reception & Awards Presentation


Where: Railside Golf Club - Byron Center, MI


What: Drive Out Stigma is our annual golf outing held to benefit the Mental Health Foundation's educational work in the community. We currently provide three different programs (detailed below) to local schools and businesses and have educated over 10,000 people in this school year alone. 

  • Live Laugh Love (LLL) – LLL is our mental health education program dedicated to educating middle school and high schools students about the stigma surrounding mental health, signs and symptoms of mental illnesses like depression, signs and symptoms of suicide, and how to get help when students notice these signs and symptoms in themselves or others.
  • be nice. – be nice. is our “anti-bullying” campaign with a positive spin. The core of be nice. is understanding that how you treat others can have a major impact on how they think, act, and feel. Small efforts to make someone’s day can make a big difference.
  • Mental Health First Aid – MHFA is a new national evidence-based program designed to educate adults on how to handle a mental health crisis. We have been leading the charge in the West Michigan area with over 20 MHFA trainings scheduled for this Spring/Summer.


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Stomp Out Stigma

May 17, 2014, 8:30 AM

May 17, 2014

The annual Stomp Out Stigma – Walk for Mental Health is held in May in conjunction with National Mental Health Month. Planned collaboratively with and sponsored by local mental health service providers, the annual event strives to raise awareness that the stigma associated with mental illness is one of the greatest barriers that keeps people from seeking help.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:30 am Gathering
9:00 am Walk Start


The 3 mile walk begins in the courtyard on the downtown Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University and will travel along the Grand River's downtown boardwalk


The stigma associated with mental illness is one of the greatest barriers that prevent people from seeking help. This walk not only strives to raise awareness but encourages people to be mentally fit. All proceeds from this event benefit our Live Laugh Love Educating Youth about Mental Health and be nice. Education Programs!


News and Events

Comstock Riverside Park 


7.7.2014 -

Drive Out Stigma

Railside Golf Club

5.17.2014 -

Stomp Out Stigma

Grand Valley Downtown Pew Campus

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