December 2021

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A few years ago, John Della Volpe, Director of the Harvard Institute of Policy, was a Keynote Speaker at the Kevin's Song School Summit and Conference. Two of his graduate students, Ellen Burnstein and Jing-Jing Shen, will be presenters at our conference on Thursday, January 27, 2022 speaking about portions of the poll that are social media related.

Link to the Harvard Youth Poll conducted by the Institute of Policy at Harvard:


2022 Conference - Early Bird Pricing Ends December 31

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In the Community

Kevin's Song Advisor Dennis Liegghio interview of Kevin's Song Board Member, Dr. Lawrence Wentworth of Wentworth & Associates for the Dennis Liegghio's KnowResolve podcast. 

We Remember 

Kevin's Song lost two important people this year. 
Deena Baxter was an Advisor to Kevin's Song. She created custom jewelry for clients in addition to donating pieces to philanthropic causes. Her jewelry was in our Starry, Starry Night Live Auction for several years. 

Annette Urso Rickel, Ph.D. was a founding member of Kevin's Song's Board of Directors. As Kevin Urso's aunt, Annette was always eager to lend her extensive education, training and experience as a clinical psychologist and professor to the cause of mental health and suicide prevention. 

Deena Baxter Donna Carty Buchholz (nee Sebell) of Naples, Florida, died 08/29/2021, after a prolonged illness. She was born August 23, 1949 in Syracuse, New York, grew up in New England and graduated from Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts. She attended Goucher College and graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Business Studies and an M.B.A. Raising her son, Dr. Matthew J. Carty, was the most fulfilling accomplishment in her life as well as being a caring and loving Nonie to her grandchildren: Madison and Mackenzie Carty, Mason Archer Carty, and step-grandsons James and Jacob Buchholz.

After the loss of her youngest step-son to suicide, she launched The Surviving Suicide and Sudden Loss Project in 2014, a mental health project, in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County. The project included her book and a creative arts website whose mission was "giving mental illness a life-affirming voice." She became a mental health advocate, writing articles and giving presentations locally and nationally under the pen name Deena Baxter. She co-founded and launched a SW Florida community meditation program that ran for 3.5 years and met many new friends along the way. 

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Dr. Annette Urso Rickel passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021, surrounded by her family at her home in New York City. She was born on April 6, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Ralph Francis and the late Marguerite C. Urso.  

Annette grew up on Bishop Street in Detroit. When she was in fifth grade her family moved to Grosse Pointe Farms where she switched from St. Matthew to St. Paul’s for school. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1959. After high school, Annette pursued a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She then went on to teach in the Grosse Pointe Public Schools until she began her graduate program at the University of Michigan where she earned a Ph.D.

Dr. Annette Urso Rickel was a psychotherapist and faculty-member of Cornell Medical College. She served as Education Programs Officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. There she was responsible for the Fund’s Fellowship Program for Students of Color as well as grantmaking for other educational priorities. Before assuming this position, she was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University.  

Throughout her career, she has worked with children and families, and directed research on early interventions. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as the MacArthur and Kellogg Foundations. In 1992, she was awarded a Senior Congressional Fellowship and served as a member of the public policy staff of U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. At the same time, she was appointed to President Clinton’s Task Force for National Health Care Reform.  

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Book of the Month 

Healing After Loss by Martha W. Hickman 

The classic guide for dealing with grief and loss.
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.

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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 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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