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August 2022
September is Suicide Prevention Month 

Keynote Preview 

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, an internationally recognized expert on suicide and its impact on the workplace, will be a Keynote Speaker at our 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow. 

Employers can take key steps to prevent suicide in the construction industry, which has the second highest suicide rate among major industries. A recent opinion piece recommends construction industry leaders talk openly about mental health to help normalize the topic and reduce stigma. Industry heads can encourage workers to prioritize their well-being by implementing mental health days and by modeling healthy behavior. Team leads can also check in regularly with their members and create psychologically safe work environments where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts. The author of the opinion piece also encourages employers to train managers in how to identify and assist those in distress, as well as increase employees’ access to mental health and suicide prevention resources.

Check out the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention 
and Construction Working Minds.


From the Desk of Executive Director, Brian Dilworth

A Season of Opportunity

My wife Julie and I dropped our son Connor off this past weekend for his sophomore year of college at the University of Dayton.  This officially signals the end of summer for us.  It is a time of both pride and melancholy.  So excited about all that Connor will accomplish and experience this year – but we also shed a few tears saying goodbye to our youngest.  The house feels very empty – and quiet.

However, with the end of summer arrives the beginning of fall. And this is a busy time for Kevin’s Song. On September 22nd at the Detroit Yacht Club, we invite you to join us for our annual fundraiser, Starry Starry Night. The links for participating in this magical evening are below.  There is still time to grab tickets, donate an auction item or sponsor the event.  Please join us!

When you support this event, in any fashion, you are directly supporting our 7th Annual Conference on Suicide, held January 26-28 at the St. John’s Resort in Plymouth.  Your generosity allows us to afford to assemble the best speakers and programs and present them at a cost that is affordable to everyone.  We take pride in making this conference accessible to everyone interested in attending.  Cost should never stand in the way of knowledge, or healing. Feel free to contact me directly at Brian@kevinssong.org to discuss opportunities in more detail.

I am also proud to welcome Kristi Keiser to the team at Kevin’s Song.  Kristi will serve as the Administrative Associate.  Kristi has degrees from Marquette University and the University of Chicago.  She resides in Troy and has recently discovered the wonderful allure of backpacking.  Please join me in welcoming this amazing young lady to our fold.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month.  There are so many individuals out there who need support.  Please look through our website, or other similar sites, to find opportunities for assistance.  Talk with your kids regularly.  Reach out to a friend or family member that you haven’t heard from in a while. If you don’t know where to turn, reach out to us.  We’ll help you find the right place to go. More than anything, know that every life matters.  Every life has the potential to impact our world in a special and unique way.  Every life deserves that chance to be heard, and to thrive.

“Some people suffer in silence, pain in the hearts but smiles on their faces.”― Isha Barlas

At Kevin’s Song, we want to hear everyone’s voice. Help us break the silence. Together, we will make a difference.

Welcome Kristi Keiser to the team at Kevin’s Song. 
Kristi will serve as the Administrative Associate.

Starry, Starry Night - September 22 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

Join us for the only Kevin's Song fundraiser of the year! 
Enjoy cocktail hour and a silent auction with music provided by a local string trio, followed by dinner, live auction, and an afterglow. 
It's a night not to be missed!

$175 per person / $1750 for a table of 10

Click here to purchase your ticket now or donate!

You can help us reach our fundraising goal and contribute to the success of this event in so many ways!

Click here for information about Sponsorships.
Click here to donate an item for the auctions.

If you would like to volunteer your time for this event, please email us at SSNFundraiser@kevinssong.org

September is Suicide Prevention Month


A Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow 


Book of the Month 

Surviving Suicide Loss by Rita A. Schulte, LPC

Nothing could hurt worse. But even in the darkness . . . there’s hope.
The pain of suicide loss is indescribable. It seems beyond survival. Yet with faith, perseverance, and the tools of brain science, there is a way through. It will take time. It will take struggle. But hope is real, for there are things you can do to make it to the other side.

If you are struggling with suicide loss or you need to come alongside someone who is, Rita Schulte wants to help you move forward. As a suicide loss survivor herself, she understands the pain you're feeling because she has been there too. Rita, an experienced therapist and expert in traumatic loss, offers a science-based therapy model that also takes into account the role of human spirituality. Chapters in this book include:

  • Making Sense of the Desire to Die
  • The Mind-Body Connection
  • Unfinished Business
  • Making Peace with Ourselves
  • Facing the Dark Side
  • Children—Living Behind the Shadow
  • The Time that Remains

When it comes to suicide loss, you'll never have all the answers. But one thing is certain: there are real pathways to help you heal—body, mind, and spirit.

Click to Purchase Book

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. 
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