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Impact of Suicide on a Mother

November 2, 2012, 1:56 PM

The MHF was featured on 100 Huntley, a Christian news broadcast based in Canada, in October as part of a feature on teenage suicide. This video shares the story of a mother who lost her child to suicide. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The topic of bullying is one that has dominated national conversation for years. An effort that started in West Michigan to combat bullying is the “Be Nice” campaign.

Christy Buck and her team from the Mental Health Foundation just returned from a school district in Ohio. They were invited by the school after an incident that grabbed national headlines. Ten-year-old Jetta Fosberg was bullied after she cut 14 inches off her hair to donate to Wigs for Kids, in honor of her grandparents. The bullying got so bad, she had to be pulled out of school. Eventually, the school reached out to the Be Nice team to bring the program to its students.

Buck says evidence shows the Be Nice program is working to change the culture in schools and prevent bullying. To learn more, visit the Be Nice website.

The Be Nice team will be at the Kids and Family Expo at DeVos Place on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be activities, a zip line, music, food, education, and crafts. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-15.

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Wayne Elhart, a business leader of Holland, Michigan died from depression illness on March 27, 2015.  In Wayne’s case he succumbed by suicide, a terrible outcome to his internal struggle. 

In respect to Wayne and his love for life, his family is initiating an educational opportunity for our community to learn more about this dreadful disease of depression.  Moreover, our society does not know how to deal with loved ones who suffer with this illness.  Our family’s goal is to do what Wayne did so well in his life…love on others. 

Mental illness conditions are treatable.  Suicide is preventable.  Hope is real. 

The Elhart Family has teamed with the producers of Hope Bridge and The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.  Hope Bridge is a movie and so much more.  This 90 minute film will give you answers to the “why” if you’re struggling with the reason a friend or family member took their life.  It will also provide you visual signs to look for to help loved ones who may be experiencing symptoms of depression.

The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan has developed a tool called “be Nice.” This tool  similar CPR in saving lives. The acronym N-I-C-E stands for:

N=Notice change in behavior.

I=Invite yourself into their lives.

C=Challenge their behavior.

E=Empower yourself to get them professional help.


This Hope Bridge Movie Premier Event will help save lives and may save yours or your son, daughter, mother or father.

Please sign up to attend this FREE Hope Bridge Premier Movie Event by clicking on one of the E-Invite links below!

The only cost to you is your time.  Please come.  We all need to know the visual signs of depression so that we can save lives.

On behalf of our friends, the Elharts, thank you for considering to be part of the Hope Bridge movement by learning about depression and how we can prevent suicide.


Holland Park Theatre – September 19, 2015 – 3:00 PM


Pentwater First Baptist Church – September 21, 2015 – 6:30 PM


Zeeland East High School DeWitt Auditorium – September 28, 2015 – 6:30 PM


Georgetown United Methodist Church – October 6, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Presented by the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation 


“You may not see the sun, but it has not failed to shine. It is just being covered. You may not see a hope for something better, but there is.”
“You are more than your worries.”
“Keep your heads held high and your attitudes higher.”
These are just a few recent encouraging tweets from @zeelandbenice, a group at Zeeland High School on a mission to spread love and support for their peers.

Grand Rapids area clinician, Jim Bottenhorn, discusses the possible causes behind the recent string of youth violence in the local area.

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!

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