i understand is proud to collaborate with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in providing after care packages to patients and families following a mental health crisis or death by suicide. A full-time clinical nurse specialist is dedicated to educating staff, patients and families on good mental health and sharing the i understand mission.
Ashleigh is the first in the country clinical nurse specialist- specializing in mental health in a traditional hospital setting at Helen DeVos Children Hospital
"One of the important roles Ashleigh has is changing the conversation by how we talk about mental health and suicide. She is working on defining suicide so that it is less stigmatized so we can talk about the pain that comes from things such as bullying, heartbreak, physical pain or mental illness and the potentially deadly side affect pain has." - Vonnie Woodrick