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January 2023

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Dear Friends,

2023 marks the 10th Anniversary for Kevin’s Song. As many of you know, Kevin’s Song was founded after we lost our son Kevin to suicide in March of 2013, so this year also marks the 10th anniversary of Kevin’s death. It is with mixed feelings, therefore, that we remember, mourn and celebrate Kevin, while simultaneously rejoicing in the amazing organization that Kevin’s Song has grown to be.

Kevin’s Song’s mission is to
“empower communities to prevent suicide and to offer hope and healing for survivors.” Over the ten years since Kevin’s Song was founded, this mission has been accomplished in many ways. Our annual conference and school summit, the creation of our videos, our website, our support groups, our workshops, our founding of With One Voice and our work with many partners throughout Michigan, are testament to our commitment to our mission.

None of this could have been accomplished without you. We have been overwhelmed by the support of so many individuals and organizations from Southeast Michigan and, indeed, across the state of Michigan. This year we are especially pleased to have the American Association of Suicidology, a national organization, as one of our conference sponsors! Whether it has been through financial donations and sponsorships, through volunteering, through serving on the Board of Directors, a committee or on our Advisory Council, or by attending our conference, you have helped Kevin’s Song grow and flourish.


Although we have accomplished a great deal, we have a long way to go. Suicide continues to be a public crisis in our country and around the world. Many more people need to be aware of the signs that a loved one might be at risk for suicide. We need to know how to reach out and we need to know how to be helpful. We must continue to encourage and make it acceptable for all people to obtain the support they need. We need to be sure that the needed help is readily available.


With your continued help and support, Kevin’s Song will work toward our vision of a world without suicide during the next ten years and beyond.


Thank you for your support.


With gratitude,


Gail and John Urso

Cofounders, Kevin’s Song

A Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow

ONLY a week to go until the start of the 7th Annual 2023 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide:
Building Bridges to a Better Tomorrow

Join other suicide prevention advocates, educators, mental health professionals as well as loss and attempt survivors for this highly anticipated event that returns to an in-person format at the Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth. You will hear from a distinguished roster of national and local experts and advocates, about the latest in research and prevention efforts to help reduce suicides and better assist people in crisis.


Online Registration CLOSES this Sunday, January 22, 2023.

After January 22th, limited registration will be available ONLY at the door on conference days.


For more information about the availability of limited on-site registration after January 22, 2023, please contact MPHI Customer Service at (517) 324-8330.


Attending the Thursday and Friday conferences will earn you Continuing Education credits as follows:

  • 10.25 contact hours for NURSES

  • 11.50 clock hours for SOCIAL WORKERS

  • 11.50 educational hours for SCECH for Michigan Licensed Teachers and School Counselors

  • 11.50 hours for MCBAP for Alcohol/Drug/Substance Abuse Counselors

  • 8.50 hours for Licenses Professional Counselors through NBCC

  • 11.50 educational hours for OTHER Healthcare Professionals (Certificate of Completion)
    Educational hours for all disciplines will be based on the sessions you report as attending in the post event evaluation.


To register, please use this link: https://www.eventsquid.com/event.cfm?id=18380

The search continues for an Executive Director for Kevin's Song!
Please click here for more information.


Qualified individuals who express an interest in applying for the Executive Director position should submit an electronic version of their cover letter and resume to the Apparatus Solutions/Quatrro career portal for consideration.

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