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I understand

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-We are thrilled to welcome i Understand as a community partner of Live Local-Give Local, at WOOD TV8/WOTV4.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10-34. i understand is a non-profit organization that offers compassionate comfort to those affected by suicide and mental illness.

i understand believes in a future where the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness is erased. 

i understand was created by Vonnie Woodrick in 2014 in loving memory of her husband Rob who lost his battle with depression in 2003.

i Understand believes:

  1. i understand suicide is an effect of an illness
  2. i understand mental illnesses are treatable
  3. i understand stigma is the #1 reason why someone would not seek treatment for mental illness; education and awareness are vital to saving and changing lives
  4. i understand reaching out to those who are suffering could save a life; let someone know you are available and treat them with respect and compassion
  5. i understand most people who are suicidal do not want to die; they want their pain to end
  6. i understand speaking out about suicide may empower others to share their stories
  7. i understand feelings of guilt are part of the grieving process on the way to finding peace and acceptance
  8. i understand those who die by suicide do make it to heaven

For more information on i Understand, visit

Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.8255

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

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