October 2020

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COVID-19 proves that suicide is much more than a personal struggle

As the United States settles into fall, fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen are coming true.  Infection rates have spiked in the midwest and Great Plains. There's a resurgence of COVID-19 in several neighborhoods in New York City, where restrictions tamed the virus' spread after a tragic spring. 
Yet mental health experts are also deeply concerned about another worrisome trend. An article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association described a "second wave" of mental health and substance use disorders that threaten to inundate and overwhelm the healthcare system. 

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For more information on the topics discussed in this article and ways to cope with stress and anxiety during COVID-19, please see below for information about our upcoming Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention and School Summit.
“STARRY, STARRY NIGHT” 2020 was a resounding success! Thank you to all who participated in any way.
A special thank you to Kyle Dold, Chairperson of “Starry, Starry Night” 2020
and to her hardworking committee: Dave Barrett, Elizabeth Dailey, Sarah and Bill Gough, Laura Guzman, Sam Kennedy, Fritz and JoJo Klingler, Kathleen McGovern, Kevin O’Shea, and Gail, John and Justin Urso.
We thank our Sponsors: The Dolores and Paul Lavins Foundation,HOUR DetroitThe McGovern Family, Ann & Mike MacDonald, FK Engineering, Robert & Linda Finkel,
andAzimuth Capital Management LLC.
A very special thank you goes to our 2020 Ambassadors for Kevin’s Song: Karen Hiyama and Allyson Rockwell who generously shared their personal stories of loss in a film created and produced by James McGovern.

We made great headway toward our goal of raising funds critical to our annual Conference on Suicide and School Summit we are at $73,000. Please help us in our final push to reach our goal of raising $100,000 – You can still donate by going to this link: Donate Here

It is because of your generous donations that we are able to pursue our mission to Empower Communities to Prevent Suicide and Offer Hope and Healing To Survivors. During these times of great uncertainty, when we know that the work of Kevin’s Song takes on even more importance, please accept our tremendous and sincere gratitude for your support.


Support Group for Loss Survivors is meeting virtually through Zoom at our regularly scheduled meeting time: the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. If interested in attending, please email Gail Urso at and she will send you an invitation code to join. 
Kevin’s Song is pleased to announce it has created 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. 

Board Spotlight - Bill Gough 

Bill Gough has more than fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry with a particular focus on developing and managing equity portfolios. His experience also includes advising both private and institutional clients across a broad range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, and derivatives. He is Kevin's Song's Treasurer and was co-chair of Starry, Starry Night in 2019. 

Bill graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a BA in Business Administration. He has attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Detroit.

5th Annual Kevin's Song Conference
- Registration OPENS November 1st! 

Volunteer Spotlight 

Meet Elizabeth Dailey; she lives in Grosse Pointe Park with her husband Jim and their two dogs. They are life long friends with the Urso's. She and Jim were co-chairs of the 2018 Starry, Starry Night fundraiser. 
Elizabeth has been involved with several Detroit nonprofits, including the Michigan Opera Theater, The Parade Company, March of Dimes, The Children's Center, and a previous Board Member of Kevin's Song. As a volunteer for Kevin's Song, Elizabeth uses her social media and marketing skills from her company Dailey Media to produce Kevin's Song newsletter each month! 

We Remember Joe Schodowski  

Joseph Schodowski, 55, died suddenly at home in Huntington Woods, Michigan, on October 9, 2019. The weekend of October 18, 2019, he was remembered by family, friends and colleagues at a visitation at the William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak, a funeral service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, where he and his wife attended church with their kids, and a wake at Lockhart's in Royal Oak.  Joe was born in Detroit on January 25, 1964, and grew up with his six siblings in Warren, Michigan, where he attended St. Anne Catholic School. After the family moved to Rochester, Michigan, he attended and graduated from Bishop Foley High School, in Madison Heights. He obtained his bachelor's degree at Kalamazoo College, in economics, in 1987, and his MBA at Wayne State University in 1992. Joe played football while at St. Anne, Bishop Foley, and K College.
While at K College, Joe met Karen Rae Hiyama, whom he married in 1991. They have three children: Eleanor Grace Kileen, 24 (Ella married Ben Kileen, who she met while they were both physics students and soccer players at Kalamazoo College, in August 2020), Jackson Paul Schodowski, 20 and Lucas Denali Schodowski, 18 (both students at the University of Michigan).  Joe was utterly devoted to his family and particularly enjoyed attending his children's athletic and musical events and noting their academic achievements.  He loved traveling and exploring with his family, skiing in Canada and the Rockies, hiking in Peru, trekking through Spain, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Japan.
Outside of his family, he had a gift for making friends - he had very many friends. And once a friendship was established, Joe was always, always, dependable, loyal, and generous. He paid more than lip-service to the idea of improving the world in small, concrete ways and helping those around him, whether it be by rallying the community to install batting cages in honor of a dear friend or making sure he found a home for a lost dog.  He maintained friendships with his friends from elementary school, golfing regularly with the St. Anne's guys.  He kept current with the friends he played football with at Bishop Foley and Kalamazoo College.  The friends Joe and Karen made while playing tennis at the Birmingham Racquet Club, the WNBL (Wednesday Night Beer League) and the tennis clinic affectionately known as LHOP - Lincoln's House of Pain, he kept them close to his heart and they kept each other laughing.  And he loved spending time with the friends he and Karen made while raising kids in Huntington Woods through years of baseball, basketball and soccer games, orchestra concerts and musical and athletic fundraisers.  He loved taking any and all friends, wherever and whenever made, to Tom's Tavern, his favorite drinking hole, place for live music, revelry and occasional mayhem, and where he and Karen celebrated their engagement.

Joe was the president of Shelving Inc., a business based in Auburn Hills and now Madison Heights, Michigan, that supplies shelving and storage systems to companies and consumers located throughout the United States. Joe was a co-owner of Shelving along with his brothers John and Mike and brother-in-law Jim Aiello. Shelving was founded in Detroit in 1961 by Jack Schodowski, Joe's father. Joe was passionate about maintaining and enhancing the success of Shelving, establishing its presence on the internet before shopping online was routine, with and  Joe also loved spending time with the Schodowski family at their cottage on Lake Orion and his parents' place in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida.  You could find Joe most Wednesday nights during the summer fishing with his dad and brothers in Lake Orion.

Joe revered his Uncle Vince (Banonis), who was the center on the Detroit Lions' championship teams of 1952 and 1953. Perhaps nothing reflected Joe's strength of character and unsinkable optimism more than his enduring belief that the Lions' inevitable Super Bowl championship was never more than one season away. (Since Joe's birth, the Lions have won exactly one playoff game.)  The photo of Joe pictured here captures him in a happy moment, with a "fish-on" in Lake Orion with his dad and brothers, showing his love for the Lions and his love for soccer with his Barcelona FC hat, the sport his three kids loved and he grew to love while he coached them and watched them play. 
Joe is missed every day by his family, his friends, by everyone he touched with his infectious laughter, and his love and enthusiasm for life.

Kevin's Song NEW Website! 

On Monday, November 2, 2020, we are launching a new Kevin's Song website! Check it out at
National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR TEXT "GO" TO 741741
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