Kids & Family Expo delights families, benefits mental health services

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A household enjoyable expo in Grand Rapids can also be benefiting psychological well being. It’s a novel strategy on psychological well being consciousness.

“Now we have bounce homes, we’ve got the zipline, tons of enjoyable for the entire household,” says organizer Kaylee Jones.

The tenth annual Youngsters & Household Expo at DeVos Place introduced in 1000’s from the frigid outdoor to some indoor pleasure.

“Simply all these interactive actions to sort of get households out, children out, particularly throughout the winter once we’re sort of cooped up,” says Jones.

The enjoyable was countless, and it inspired households to play, be taught and discover collectively.

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However within the midst of all of that enjoyable was a message about psychological well being. The expo partnered with Be Good.

“Be Good is an motion plan,” says Program Director Cat Lanting. “So each time that we present up someplace, we wish probably the most people to know the easy four-step motion plan. So it is Discover, Invite, Problem and Empower.

Proceeds from all tickets go in the direction of programming for psychological well being and suicide prevention schooling in West Michigan faculties. It’s one thing that Be Good says folks needs to be extra conscious of and unafraid to speak about.

“[It’s] actually difficult ourselves to care for our psychological well being daily, difficult stigma and likewise difficult ourselves to make use of assets,” provides Lanting. “So what’s cool about this expo in the present day is that there is so many assets for all the things.”

They’re giving everybody the instruments to enhance each their bodily and psychological well being, whereas additionally being aware of one thing so easy: kindness.

“It may be that easy to save lots of a life by merely utilizing the Be Good motion plan and being good,” says Lanting.

Be Good says speaking along with your college counselor is a superb first step, however in case you want instant assist, you possibly can dial 988. To be taught extra about Be Good, go to

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