We believe in a future where the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness is erased.

Providing compassionate comfort for those affected by suicide or mental/brain health illness and pain.

Let’s change the definition of suicide to change the conversation
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Together, we can provide comfort, relief and unity simply by sharing.
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‘Be the One’ with Aaron & Vonnie
Wear to evoke conversation, Care to be the one for someone, Share to help reduce stigma.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

  1. i understand suicide is an effect of illness or pain
  2. i understand mental/brain health illnesses are treatable and preventable
  3. i understand stigma is the #1 reason why someone would not seek treatment for mental/brain illness; education and awareness are vital to saving and changing lives
  4. 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
  5. i understand most people who are suicidal do not want to die; they want their pain to end
  6. i understand speaking out about suicide may empower others to share their stories
  7. i understand feelings of guilt are part of the grieving process on the way to finding peace and acceptance
  8. i understand those who die by suicide do make it to heaven

Change the Conversation, Change Lives

Love heals and can be found in unexpected places.

Vonnie Woodrick, founder of i understand, shares her passion for changing the definition of suicide and how her journey led to hope and understanding.

Our Partners

Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.8255 (TALK) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

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😢A very common thought by those living with a mental/brain health illness or pain. 

Pain so deep, they believe we would be better off without them. 

Not true. We are so much better with YOU! 

Talking saves lives, even your own. Please tell someone. Call a helpline. Go to a therapist. Walk into an emergency room. A family member or friend can help. 

Help available 24/7 1.800.273.TALK
Text GO - 741741

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💗To all the dads out there celebrating the honor of your greatest role... being a father, enjoy your day. May it be filled with love, laughter, precious moments and tight hugs. 

😢For many, it’s different. 

It’s impossible not to think about about dad or dads about a child, on a day when most around you are talking, planning and sharing their life with their father or father’s with their children. 

🤗Give yourself a moment to grieve the situation or loss. It’s okay to cry. Get your feelings out by journaling or perhaps writing a letter to your father or child. 

💗Father’s Day is about celebrating. 

Create a celebration of your own. Celebrate you after all all you are pretty special as life isn’t easy at times and you’re making it through.

Celebrate memories made, time you did have, special people still in your life or your mom who may have taken on both roles. 

🦋We know it’s not the same. We understand the feelings you may be going through. We also believe... today can be a great day when filled with love and understanding from those around us. Be open, share your feelings about this day and always know... you’re not alone. 

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I wish I knew my dad better when I was younger. I was a difficult teenager with a mouth and I missed out knowing my dad because I wasted time fighting/fighting with my parents. I did know my dad later in life but he’d also declined due to illness. Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Marten. 🥰

For those dads who are unable to see their kids due to complicated relationships with the mother😭😭😭

I lost my Dad in 2016 and don't expect myself to be married, much less a father myself. Father's day has become a disposable holiday for me.

Thank you Vonnie for the gentle reminder that after 32 years I should be celebrating this day for my Dad instead of feeling sad.

💗People will say...”give it time, get through the first year, in time things will change.”

Time just passes. 

Don’t look for time to get you through your grief. Days will pass, the first year will go by and the waves of grief still flow. 

Look for love. 

Love changes things. Maybe it’s the love from your kids, your spouse or perhaps, even a stranger. Love comes from unexpected places. Embrace it. 

Time goes by. Love heals. 

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We learn to cope with loss because we have no other choice. My grandchildren is my strength when I see how strong and resilient they are everyday. They give me a reason and a purpose to continue this journey of being there for others struggling with loss. I believe God has a purpose for all of us and I know what mine is. 💕

I lost my Mom when I was 24, in 1968. She is on my mind constantly. There is a fork in the silverware drawer that came from her set. Each time I grab that fork, I think to myself, “hi Mom. I love you. Silly? Maybe.

I believe this, though I think when someone close to you, a spouse, a parent, a child, a sibling dies by suicide it changes how we love. Maybe even how were capable of loving. I think you'd have to know this about yourself, and make a conscious decision to let people in.

You know I get it! Celebrating Fathers Day w/o Barry is painful.

Let’s be real, it sucks. It sucks for me and my kids. But God is in control and gets me through each day. Without faith, I could not get up everyday!

Thanks for this,Vonnie.I’m really feeling the loss of my dad right now even though it’s been almost 21 years.It helps to know you understand 💖.

So true. Grief lasts as long as their gone.

I agree with everything you said and I don't think you ever forget.

You are a strong lady God bless you

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So true so true. 💞

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