Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan & Terryberry Partner Webinar – Mental Health – Keep It Simple – the be nice. Action Plan for the Workplace


08/08 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

The conversation surrounding mental health, illness and suicide prevention can prove complicated for organizations to enter into as an upstream, united front. be nice. is an evidence based, upstream tool that can be learned quickly in this 1-hour webinar.

be nice. has proven to offer organizations the opportunity to have common language when it comes to upstream, midstream, and downstream mental health, illness and suicide prevention. be nice. offers knowledge to HR professionals through peer-to-peer education, which provides the confidence for individuals to take action when it comes to mental health.

You have unique experiences, which offer you unique opportunities to have conversations about mental health, illness and suicide prevention in the workplace with four simple steps: notice, invite, challenge and empower.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand that mental health and illness is an organizational conversation.
  • Participants will learn a 4-step action plan for identifying changes in mental health, seeking help, and building resilience in the workplace.
  • Participants will understand how be nice. can positively affect an organization’s climate at large.


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:

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