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July 2022

Featured Article

The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here's what to know
by Rhitu Chatterjee published by NPR 

People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the U.S. Starting Saturday, they can simply call or text the numbers 9-8-8.

Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a memorable and quick number that connects people who are suicidal or in any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.

"If you are willing to turn to someone in your moment of crisis, 988 will be there," said Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, at a recent press briefing. "988 won't be a busy signal, and 988 won't put you on hold. You will get help." 

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From the Desk of Executive Director, Brian Dilworth

I love auctions.  Always have. There is a certain excitement that comes with bidding against others to obtain an item or an experience, that you desire.  Live auctions bring that dynamic to a different level, since your challengers for the coveted prize are competing in the moment – in front of the crowd.  It’s as close to my old days of athletic competition on the soccer field that I can remember.

On September 22nd at the Detroit Yacht Club, Kevin’s Song will host our Starry, Starry Night fundraiser.  In addition to dinner, music and a celebration of our mission – there are the auctions.  Silent and Live, you will have the opportunity to bid on some fantastic items that are sure to become topics of memories, keepsakes, and more.

To all of us at Kevin’s Song though – the auctions represent hope.  The funds raised that night go to support our annual Conference on Suicide.  They also support our Survivor Support Group work, and our collective activity with similar minded organizations around the state.  In short, your bids allow us to serve our mission – and those who need us most.

Before you raise your bidding paddle, consider donating an item to the auction that will generate a flurry of activity.  Provide a sponsorship that will broadcast your appreciation of our mission and the activity that surrounds it.  Buy a ticket (or even a table) to the event, and help us celebrate the work of all of us who are determined to eliminate suicide.

The information links to become involved are supplied below. The motivation to click on those links and become an essential part of the solution – lies in your hearts.  I’m betting that we all will win something that night. Something life changing. I don’t think there is anyone who can outbid me on that belief.

Looking forward to seeing you – and bidding with you.

Brian Dilworth


Starry, Starry Night - September 22 

On-line ticket sales for Starry, Starry Night begin August 1st, 2022.  
To learn more about becoming a Sponsor for this event,  

Click here for Sponsorship information.
If you would like to contribute to the success of this event by donating an auction item,
Click here for our Auction Item Donation information.
For additional questions regarding the Event, Sponsorship or Donations, visit our website at kevinssong.org or email SSNFundraiser@kevinssong.org

Adminstrative Assistant Position 

Kevin's Song is seeking to add a part time Administrative Assistant to our team. Approximately 10 hours a week. Nonprofit work experience preferred. Send all inquiries to brian@kevinssong.org

A Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow 


Book of the Month 

The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: CBT Skills to Reduce Emotional Pain, Increase Hope, and Prevent Suicide by Kathryn Hope Gordon (Author), Thomas Ellis Joiner (Foreword) 

If you or someone you love is dealing with a crisis right now, please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor at the Crisis Text Line.
 

A compassionate guide to managing suicidal thoughts and finding hope

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone and that you are worthy of help. Your life and well-being matter. When you’re suffering, life’s challenges can feel overwhelming and even insurmountable. This workbook is here to help you find relief and solutions when suicidal thoughts take over.

Grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this compassionate workbook offers practical tools to guide you toward a place of hope. It will help you identify your reasons for living, manage intense emotions and painful thoughts, and create a safe environment when you are in a crisis. You’ll also find ways to strengthen social connections, foster self-compassion, and rediscover activities that bring joy and meaning to your life. This workbook is here to support you. However you are feeling at this moment, remember the following: You are worth it, you are loved, and you matter.

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Resources

Support Group for Loss Survivors is meeting virtually through Zoom
First Wednesday of the month and third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 
If interested in attending,
please email Gail Urso at gail@kevinssong.org and she will send you an invitation code to join. 
Kevin’s Song has its very own YouTube Channel where you’ll find a resource library of Kevin’s Song video vignettes, PSAs, short films, documentaries and more that address the complex issue of suicide. We encourage you to comment, like or “subscribe” to our channel so you can stay up-to-date with our compelling and informative video resources that help us promote suicide education, training, prevention and advocacy.
Together, we will work to empower communities to prevent suicide and offer hope and healing to survivors. 
National Suicide Lifeline 988 OR TEXT "GO" TO 741741
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