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June 2021

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As the Covid- 19 crisis ebbs in the U.S., experts brace for some to experience psychological fallout 
by Andrew Joseph 

The end of the emergency phase of the pandemic is in sight in the United States, at least for now. But as the weight of the crisis is lifted, experts are also anticipating a long-term impact on people’s mental health.

For some people, the feelings of anxiety and depression that emerged during the pandemic will resolve as routines resume — people go back to the office, social connections are reformed, the seeming danger of activities dissipates. But others will face new or worse mental health issues that persist or even appear down the road, a number that could be quite large given the magnitude of despair and disruption. That burden, however big, stands to put an even greater strain on an already stretched mental health system.

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Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to LGBT Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide in LGBT populations, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe.
 
Registration is required.  https://mitsllgbtq.attendease.com/

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT SPONSORSHIP AND TICKET INFORMATION

Online ticket sales will begin in early August and may be purchased from our website. Tickets are $175 per person / $1750 for a table of 10.

You can secure your tickets now by becoming a Starry, Starry, Night Sponsor.
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AUCTION DONATION

If you would like to contribute to the success of this event by donating an auction item please click here for the Auction Item Donation Form.
 

For Event Information Please Email: SSNFundraiser@kevinssong.org


Board Spotlight - Tom McGovern

Tom McGovern is a retired United States Administrative Law Judge and former State of Michigan Administrative Law Judge. A Twenty three year general law practitioner specializing in civil and criminal litigation. Permanent neutral panelist 31st Circuit Court Mediation Tribunal. Veteran US Air Force (61 – 65), BA Western Michigan University (68), Juris Doctorate University of Detroit Law School (71). Tom enjoys spending time with his three children and six grandchildren.

Tom has served as Treasurer for Kevin's Song, has been a CoChair of "Starry, Starry Night" with his wife Kathey, and presently serves on the Finance Committee.


Volunteer Spotlight - Shellleyann Keelean 

    
As an educator the Social Emotional well being of my students has always been my number 1 concern. In order for learning to take place kids of any age must feel loved and supported. We have to take the time to learn each person's story and let people know it's ok to be sad or depressed and there is support and help out there for them. 
The first time I went to the School Summit I knew this is where my heart belonged. I connected Gail right away to figure out how I could help and be a part of the Kevin''s Song Family. I have been an educator for 17 years and have had the opportunity to work in Chicago Public Schools, Elmhurst Illinois, and now Grosse Pointe Public Schools. No matter what district I've been in or what age group I have worked with, mental health has always been a concern because we do not have enough resources for everyone that needs them. 
As a principal I know that I have  seen first hand how trauma can impact students short and long term. The work that Kevin's Song is doing is bringing communities together and helping to bring resources in reach of the people who need them most. I'm so proud to be a part of something that has the potential to help so many people. I have been so inspired by this work that I'm going back to get my Doctorate with a focus on mental health to help build bridges between schools, medical experts and families that need our help. It's also very important to bring in people with different backgrounds and experiences to the Kevin Song family so they can help reach people from different communities that need help and don't even know where to start. Our world is in the process of trying to heal from this past year especially and being able to even play a small part in the healing gives me the hope that we can all work to be the best for the world. Our Motto at Monteith is Kindness Matters and I feel that Kevin's Song is truly showing how important Kindness is and how it can show up in all different ways. 

We Remember Keaton Hill

In loving memory of Keaton Hill, by his mom Tara Timothy

There’s a beautiful quote by Maya Angelou. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Keaton’s friends and family will attest that Keaton made you feel special. In loving memory of Keaton Hill. There was just something about him. And receiving one of his smiles, well, that was an incredible gift.
He was someone you wanted to spend time with, talk to, hear from, make laugh. He didn’t love small talk. He wanted a deeper conversation with those around him. He told his friends once that “Everyone has a story. Listen to their story.” Those deep connections were what he wanted most, what made him feel most authentic, but also what he felt was most challenging amid his anxiety. 

Keaton suffered from anxiety and depression. We lost him by suicide on March 6, 2020, just a few weeks shy of his nineteenth birthday. An old soul and incredible light extinguished way too young. Keaton was very interested in big issues. He loved reading about politics and religion. He was fifteen when he read Noam Chomsky’s “Who Rules the World” which talks about power struggles over human rights. He spent a lot of time in urban Portland. He talked to the homeless. He wanted to know their story and that they were deserving of time and attention. He handed out food and leftovers. His friends shared stories after his passing – examples of his kindness and compassion like how he helped them through rough times, making difficult decisions, talking them down from bad ones.  They nicknamed him Papa Keat

He was an amazing artist. He doodled, he sketched, and dabbled in album cover digital art. He had excellent and wide-ranging taste in music. Going to small venue concerts was one of his favorite hobbies. He was a blossoming amateur tattoo artist, giving many to himself and a few friends. Several of them have obtained tattoos of his original artwork. He wrote poetry, we learned, and his words are profound and visceral. So much talent, so many gifts, so many feelings. So many things to share with us and teach us. 

We miss him. We are grateful for his all too brief presence in our lives. We wish you could have met him.

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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 gail@kevinssong.org 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. 
National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR TEXT "GO" TO 741741
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