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April 2021

Featured Article 

State of Michigan makes lowering suicide rate a priority 
Written by Monica Drake

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Michigan, and someone dies by suicide every six hours in the state.

The Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission's priorities, which are noted in the report, include: 

  • Minimizing the risk of suicidal behavior by promoting safe environments, resiliency and connectedness
  • Increasing and expanding access to care to support Michiganders who are at-risk
  •  Improving suicide prevention training and education
  •  Implementing best practices in suicide prevention for health care systems
  • Enhancing suicide-specific data collection and systems

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Kevin's Song is honored to have worked with DPTV
in planning this important program.
We are looking for committee members and volunteers for our annual fundraiser! 
Areas of focus to be involved range from Sponsorship, Silent and Live Auction,
to day of the event volunteering.

To learn more and be a part of Starry, Starry Night, please contact
JoJo Klingler at jklingler@fkengineering.com.

Board Spotlight - Fritz Klingler

Fritz Klingler is founder and president of FK Engineering in Madison Heights, Michigan.  FKE specializes in design for heavy underground construction, serving mostly municipal clients throughout the eastern united states.  Fritz has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers (Michigan Section), MSU College of Engineering Advisory Board, MSU Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and others.

Fritz and his wife JoJo live in Troy, MI, and have been honored to be parents of three boys and a girl. Following the death by suicide of their oldest son Nicholas at the age of 17, Fritz and JoJo have become very involved in the cause of suicide education and prevention; and looking forward to the day when suicide is rare.
 
Fritz and his wife JoJo will serve as Co-Chairs of "Starry, Starry Night 2021."

We Remember Lawrence "Tiger" Dunn

Larry Dunn was born on March 5, 1993 and joined big sister Danielle in the Dunn family and affectionately nicknamed “Tiger” by family and friends.  He had so many friends, loved to fish, play pick up hockey games, die-hard fan of the Detroit Lions and U of M football, loved classic rock music, favorite holidays were 4thof July and Christmas.  
Larry was so many things to so many that these words can’t articulate just how much he was loved and is now forever missed by all who had the blessing of knowing him.  He wrote a poem when he was 13 that he called ‘If I Were in Charge of the World’ that reminds us with his own words what a beautiful, kind, funny, loving soul the world lost.
-by Amy Dunn, Larry's mom 
If I Were in Charge of the World by Larry Dunn
If I were in charge of the world,
The Lions would win the Super bowl,
There would be world peace,
And there would be no such thing as war.
 
If I were in charge of the world,
Only classic rock would play on the radio,
Homework would not exist,
And you would not have to brush your teeth.
 
If I were in charge of the world,
There would be no such thing as allergies,
You would not have to sleep,
And it would snow for half of the year.
 
If I were in charge of the world,
There would be no making fun of people,
Because there would be no short,
No ugly,
No awkward,
And no cliques.
 
If I were in charge of the world,
Everyone would live until one hundred,
And a person who is under 5 feet,
Plays guitar,
And goes to school,
Would still have enough time
To be in charge of the world.

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Support Group for Loss Survivors is meeting virtually through Zoom
As of April, the new meeting days are: 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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