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May 2022
The leadership of Kevin's Song expresses our profound sympathies to the families and victims of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.  We stand in unity with all of those who seek to provide assistance to the individuals who are grieving and affected by this loss of life. Our prayers are with you.
The Board of Directors of Kevin's Song is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Dilworth to the position of Executive Director. We look forward to working with Brian as Kevin's Song continues to "empower communities to prevent suicide and to offer hope and healing to survivors." Brian brings a great deal of experience in the nonprofit world and has the skills, knowledge and compassion to enhance the work of Kevin's Song going forward. Please help us welcome Brian Dilworth!

Executive Director for Kevin's Song - Welcome Brian Dilworth! 

It’s a new day!  Sitting down to write this article for the Kevin’s Song newsletter as its first Executive Director – I am smiling.  I have spent the last several years as a consultant, serving a myriad of nonprofit organizations.  Honorable work, serving amazing missions.  But today, is different.

I have found a home.  The mission of Kevin’s Song is to empower communities to prevent suicide and offer hope and healing to survivors. Having lost a brother to suicide when I was 21, I only wish that I had been aware of the resources that were available to me, my family – and beforehand, my brother.  But now, I am bestowed with the opportunity of shining a light on these resources, strengthening the coalition of the plethora of organizations committed to education and service, and bringing the power of the information to everyone in our community who needs it.

Every day, the team of Kevin’s Song will strive to bring hope, care and direction to a community that perhaps may struggle at times – but more often than not, can be helped.  We ask that you join our team, walk with us, beside us.  

Join by volunteering, philanthropy, or participation in our events.  We can’t do this alone, nor do we want to. We need help, just like the individuals we are passionate about serving.

I am smiling because I know that Kevin’s Song is already making an impact.  Our board of director’s, advisors, and partners make up a team that is ready to defeat the most aggressive of opponents.  Yet, we will win.  Together.  I am blessed to be part of this organization and even more so to be part of its leadership. I look forward to meeting many of you reading our newsletter over the coming months.  I have a lot to learn and an unmatched desire to win.  These victories won’t be mine – they will be for the countless individuals out there, who we stand by, and stand for.  

It’s a new day, and we will face it together.

Brian Dilworth
Executive Director


In the Community 

Kevin's Song is grateful to the Peer2Peer students and counselors at Grosse Pointe North High School, The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods, and Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods for sponsoring this "Saving Lives Together" walk in support of the work of Kevin's Song. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny Sunday and approximately 300 participants! Before the walk began, Ada Johnson, a Senior at GPNHS, spoke to the crowd:
 

"Having this moment at North is significant because North is a staple in the community. It's a place where people are meant to learn & grow. These people, are amongst us every day, shaping our future and helping us become the future.  

I can’t speak for everyone, but this event is important to me because I believe everyone deserves to live a full life. When people fall into routines, they can turn into a cycle, one where you are bound by a to-do list. Endless tasks, on a day-to-day basis, make you feel like nothing more than a box waiting to be checked. We begin to want a way out when what we should NEED is a break. A break could be anything, but most of all it should be temporary and something you prioritize when you need it.  

 

I’m part of P2P because I wanted an opportunity to help as many people as possible, in any way that I could. To a certain extent I find myself being one of those people who need help, most of us do. A lot of people in younger audiences may see mental health as just a “repost”, but it’s more than that. It’s waking up and wishing you hadn’t, it’s forgetting to take care of yourself, it’s blaming yourself constantly, and so much more. Social Media is such a great source to spread awareness, but it will never be enough. It doesn't hold the same weight coming together to work toward prevention as we are today. It isn’t as important as actually getting help. I want all students to have access to a family, their own community family, and help. A family doesn’t have to be all about biology, but more so about love, North has done an amazing job at implementing that. There is always someone available if you need to talk, or space available to take that long-awaited break. I’ve lost many people to suicide, and I’ve learned, that if someone is struggling, it may be selfish to want them to stay, but they need to know they are cared for and loved. As part of the community, this family we have here, we can all help! It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to help or care. I just want others to know that you don’t immediately need a purpose in life or to fill all of the voids with small moments of happiness. You just need to feel this circle of support around you. You are loved, you are needed, YOU matter. Most of all I don’t want them to just be a memory. I want you to be a gift, in other words, I want you to be present."


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 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR TEXT "GO" TO 741741
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