Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan & Terryberry Partner Webinar – Suicide Prevention Month – Using the be nice. Action Plan in Mental Health Crisis, Taking Suicide Seriously


09/25 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

An upstream conversation about mental health does include conversations about suicide – a psychologically safe organization takes risk of suicide seriously and creates space for those at risk to have open and honest conversations about how they are thinking, acting and feeling.

In this presentation, participants will navigate conversations upstream, midstream and downstream (crisis) when it comes to suicide and suicide prevention using the be nice. action plan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand that suicide prevention is a community conversation within an organization.
  • Participants will be able to identify correct language when communicating about suicide and suicide prevention.
  • Participants will learn a 4-step action plan for suicide prevention, be nice.
  • Participants will understand how to empower mental health with the be nice. action plan.


Christy Buck
Executive Director
Founder of be nice.

With more than 36 years of experience in the mental health field, Christy’s passion for transforming and saving lives through mental health education led her to develop two mental health and suicide prevention programs – be nice. and be nice. extension (formerly Live Laugh Love).

Since 2006, she and her staff have passionately presented to over 300,000 people in West Michigan on mental health awareness, bullying, and suicide prevention. She has been the keynote speaker at many events and regularly delivers speaking engagements to community and business groups on mental health awareness.

Christy’s determination to make mental health a part of the conversation has led to her involvement with numerous community organizations and coalitions along with becoming a certified instructor for QPR and Mental Health First Aid, for which she has been recognized as one of the Top 100 instructors in the country.

Christy has been awarded wonderful honors for her work including the American Red Cross Hometown Hero Award, 50 Most Influential Women In West Michigan, Daughters of the American Revolution Women In History Award, and most recently awarded the Legacy of Brilliance Award.

Of all of her accomplishments, her family brings her the most joy. She earned the title of yiayia two years ago and now has three beautiful grandchildren, and is the proud mom of Demetrios, Katerina, and Isabella with her hubby Tim.

Christy protects her mental health by dominating in trivia every Wednesday night with her friends and spending time at her second home in Manistee, Michigan. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!) and is a devoted member of the Greek Orthodox Church. email:

Cat Lanting
Program Director
be nice.

Catherine (Cat) started at the Foundation as an AmeriCorps member in 2011. With her passion for the be nice. action plan, and belief that four simple steps can change someone’s hour, their day, and/or their life, she has stepped into the role of Program Director.

Seeing its potential and setting goals for be nice. programming to be accessible to any individual is her priority, but instructing all of the MHF’s offered programs (including the be nice. action plan to kindergartners through senior citizens, be nice. extension, Mental Health First Aid, and QPR) is still where she finds much joy.

Cat is a native Grand Rapidian who graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies – Health Studies and is so excited to be educating young people and the community about a topic that she needed information about in her own youth.

She currently resides on the lakeshore, and in her free time, Cat skis, feeds chickens, races sailboats, and hikes the North Country Trail with her family and 3 canines to protect her mental health. email:

Qualifies for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.


HR Certification Institute’s® ( official seal confirms that Terryberry meets the criteria for pre-approved recertification credit(s) for any of HRCI’s eight credentials, including SPHR® and PHR®. This program has been approved for 1 (HR (General)) recertification credit hour toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Terryberry is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.