GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Across the country, May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month. Through a partnership with Doug Meijer and the non-profit, i understand, The Meijer Brain Health Minute is an ongoing message to erase stigma and judgement associated with mental/brain health illness and suicide.

Click the video above to watch the May Meijer Brain Health Minute on WOOD TV8.

Vonnie Woodrick, creator of the non-profit; i understand, shares her message on the Meijer Brain Health Minute.

You can ‘be the one’ for someone by listening, and offering support to someone who may be struggling. Below are things to remember to help to eliminate the stigma surrounding suicide and mental/brain health illness…

  • i understand suicide is an effect of an illness or pain
  • i understand mental/brain illnesses are treatable and preventable
  • i understand stigma is the #1 reason why someone would not seek treatment for mental/brain illness; education and awareness are vital to saving and changing lives
  • 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
  • i understand most people who are suicidal do not want to die, they want their pain to end
  • i understand speaking out about suicide may empower others to share their stories
  • i understand feelings of guilt are part of the grieving process on the way to find peace and acceptance
  • i understand those who die by suicide do make it to heaven

*(Information provided by i understand)

For additional resources visit the i understand love heals website

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.

Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.8255