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i understand is a non-profit organization to support those who have lost a loved one by suicide or struggle with mental illness.

Based in Ada, Michigan, i understand provides compassionate comfort to individuals and communities by hosting monthly educational awareness events. Through a partnership with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, i understand delivers mental health care packages to patients in West Michigan and families around the world.


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

What We Believe

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
i understand feelings of guilt are part of the grieving process on the way to finding peace and acceptance
i understand those who die by suicide do make it to heaven

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