Founders on the Move: Sanford House Supports National Suicide Prevention Week


Sanford House founders Rae and David Green at the I understand Gala

Last night Rae and David Green attended a fundraiser at Frederik Meijer Gardens, to support Grand Rapids’ organization i understand, for Suicide Prevention Week.


i understand is a support group and apparel campaign to support those who have lost a loved one by suicide as a result of mental illness. By supporting i understand, you help to erase the stigma and judgement associated with mental illness and suicide. i understand supports the mission of the Mental Health Foundation by increasing suicide prevention awareness and education in our schools and communities.

i understand means:

  • i understand suicide is an effect of an illness
  • i understand mental illnesses are treatable
  • 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
  • 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; lives will be saved
  • i understand those who die by suicide do make it to heaven
  • i understand feelings of guilt are part of the grieving process on the way to finding peace and acceptance



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

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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.