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November 2022

Featured Article

Bullying And Suicide: The Dangerous Mistake We Make By Katie Bindley

Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate at Rutgers University filmed him kissing another man. Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who moved to the U.S. from Ireland, killed herself the same year after being bullied by high school classmates in Massachusetts. Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings from Staten Island made headlines early this January when her family said that relentless bullying was to blame for her suicide.

Each of these tragedies mobilized a cultural army of anti-bullying advocates, celebrities, the media and policymakers who have said -- or at least strongly implied -- that bullying can lead to suicide.

But mental health professionals and those who work in suicide prevention say bullying-related suicides that reach the spotlight are painted far too simplistically. Bullying and suicide can indeed be connected, though the relationship between the two is much more complicated than a tabloid headline might suggest. To imply clear-cut lines of cause and effect, many experts maintain, is misleading and potentially damaging as it ignores key underlying mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

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Qualified individuals who express an interest in applying for the Executive Director position should submit an electronic version of their cover letter and resume to the Apparatus Solutions/Quatrro career portal for consideration. 


A Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow 

A prestigious roster of leading mental health professionals, educators, and experts in the field of suicide will participate in Michigan’s largest conference on suicide from January 26 – 28, 2023. The Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads To A Better Tomorrow features a three-day summit to offer explore new and innovative approaches to suicide prevention.

We are excited to be back to an in-person conference in 2023 at the Saint John's Resort, 44045 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48170.

This year, you will find two educational opportunities on Thursday; The 4th Annual School Summit that offers content focused on the needs of educators and other school support personnel. We are also excited to announce the first-ever, Symposium on Suicide that you can select as an alternative to The School Summit. The Symposium on Suicide offers a half-day track tutorial on suicide risk factors, prevention, and treatment. This symposium is intended for medical residents, undergrads, university students, and those training in behavioral health. Other mental health professionals are also welcome.

Friday will have a focus on upstream suicide prevention and reasons for suicidality other than the mental health model.  The conference brings a full day of researchers, clinicians, and advocates who will cover the topic of suicide during general and breakout sessions, featuring the best available research and evidence-based practices that will tackle growing rates of suicide in certain communities, discuss new approaches to prevent suicide, and promote wellness.

Saturday's topics focus on surviving suicide through a journey of healing & hope and will feature a compelling morning presentation by a duo of national suicide prevention advocates, Kevin Berthia and Kevin Briggs.  The afternoon will include facilitated support groups and a presentation of loss and grief.

CONFERENCE DAYS AND TIMES

Thursday, January 26, 2023, School Summit: 8:00 am - 3:15 pm

Thursday, January 26, 2023, Symposium on Suicide: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, January 27, 2023, Conference Day: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday, January 28, 2023, Surviving Suicide: 8:30 am - 1:15 pm
 

EARLY BIRD RATES THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2022

  • Three-Day Conference $250 Early Bird, $300 beginning January 1st
  • Single Day Pricing $125 Early Bird, $175 beginning January 1st
  • Symposium on Suicide is FREE for students in behavioral health sciences and medical residents.  The price for other mental health professionals is fixed and not affected by Early Bird Rates

Information on booking hotel rooms will be added to the website mid-November.

Continuing education credits are pending application approval for Addiction Professionals, Educators and School Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Nurses, and Social Workers.

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BECOME A CONFERENCE SPONSOR

The 2023 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide will provide a unique outreach and marketing opportunity – access to professionals and laypersons involved in the fields of suicide research, treatment, prevention programs, crisis intervention, and aftercare. Thursday’s SCHOOL SUMMIT will also provide access to an assembly of educators, school administrators, school counselors and community policymakers whose focus is on the behavioral education and welfare of young people around the state of Michigan.

YOUR SPONSORSHIP presents an opportunity for high community visibility and exposure of your organization or business to many mental health professionals and educators who treat and work in the fields of medical and behavioral health.

Kevin’s Song is proud of what we have accomplished since its inception, but your support is vitally needed to carry on our efforts.   If you would like to show your support, we invite you to become a SPONSOR of the 2023 CONFERENCE ON SUICIDE at one of the levels outlined in the Sponsorship Kit.  We truly thank you for your consideration in supporting KS and our vitally important work in the effort to curb suicide and save lives.

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Please note change in schedule! 


We Remember 

 

In Loving Memory

RYAN DANIEL FITZGERALD

1983-2022

Ryan, devoted son, brother, friend and lover of animals, left us too soon. His mischievous charm and wit are dearly missed. Ryan will always be remembered for his kindness, enthusiasm and zest for life. We carry him in our hearts forever.


In the Community

16th Annual Prechter Lecture
sponsored by the Heinz C. Prechter Bi-Polar Research Program

Board of Directors Member Karen Hiyama and Administrative Associate Kristi Keiser represented Kevin's Song at the 16th Annual Prechter Lecture sponsored by the Heinz C. Prechter Bi-Polar Research Program in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, October 26th. Kevin's Song was one of just four suicide prevention/mental health organizations invited to be in attendance for the evening. Karen and Kristi were able to hear Chamique Holdsclaw, Former WNBA All-Star and mental health advocate speak. Her topic: "Mind/Game: The lifelong pursuit of order after a bipolar diagnosis." A panel discussion followed. 
 
The Gift of Life at the St. Clair Social Hall 

The Gift of Life at the St. Clair Social Hall, had four special guests to explain how they and their organizations help promote and support the gift of life.  Leo Nouhan of Kevin’s Song provided helpful details regarding suicide prevention and mental health services.


Giving Tuesday - November 29

Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can.

What can you do?

  • Create a Fundraiser on Facebook 
  • Donate Directly on KevinsSong.org
  • Connect your Amazon account with Amazon Smile for Kevin's Song 
  • Share the Kevin's Song social media page with your followers

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Resources

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. 
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