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.
Gail and John Urso
Cofounders, Kevin’s Song