Annual Conference




  • General Public
  • Health Care Professionals, Social Workers, Mental Health Providers, Crisis Center Workers, First Responders
  • School Counselors & Administrators, Educators, Students and Parents
  • Employers and Union Leadership, H.R. Directors, Construction Workers, Lawyers, CPAs, Clergy and other Professionals
  • Veterans and Active Military, Government Policy Makers and Community Leaders
  • Loss Survivors and Attempt Survivors of Suicide/Lived Experience




What’s the latest research and information about the nature, causes, and management of suicidal behavior and related disorders? Featuring Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. Florida State University, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

What do we know about suicide in bipolar disorders? What can we do to minimize risk and adopt prevention strategies? Featuring Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC, Maria Bastida, MS, APRN, BC and Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, U of M Depression Center.

Understand the Zero Suicide Initiative, a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems, and learn about specific set of strategies and tools necessary to adopt the initiative. Featuring Cathrine Frank MD, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services, Henry Ford Health System.

Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Training Physicians” featuring Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan.


Suicide touches youth and educational institutions in dramatic ways – What do we know about reducing the risk of youth suicide? What can educators and mental health professionals do to reduce the impact of bullying and social media pressure that tragically impacts young people and their families? What can we do to refresh and reinforce crisis management plans? Featuring Cheryl King Ph.D. Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Michigan and Director of the Youth Depression Suicide Research Program.

Why are people with eating disorders more likely to kill themselves than any other psychiatric condition? How can we enhance our skills, and increase our confidence in treating this high-stakes population? Featuring Kristin Francis, M.D. Child and adolescent inpatient psychiatrist, University Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of Utah Health.

Thursday Evening

Dinner reception followed by the screening of documentary film, The S-Word. Panel discussion following the film with Director, Lisa Klein.



What do we know about the suicide epidemic among active military and veterans? How can we address the mental health needs of the military and veterans, reduce the incidents of suicide and eliminate the stigma associated with mental healthcare? Featuring Major General (ret) Mark Graham and Carol Graham, Champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention awareness.
Panel on Veteran Issues including Means Restriction, Featuring Todd Adkins, Director of Research & Information for the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action and representatives from Defense Suicide Prevention Office Session.  Moderator – Michele Cornette, Ph.D. Senior program analyst at Defense Suicide Prevention Office, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Wes O’Donnell, author, filmmaker, speaker and veterans’ advocate.


How do mental health conditions and suicide impact the workplace? What can employers and labor unions do to embrace innovative and effective suicide prevention programs for working-aged people? Featuring Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan campaign’s research project.
Friday Evening
Judy Collins – Songs of the Heart – A Benefit Concert for Kevin’s Song
Master of Ceremonies – Matt Watroba, Veteran performer, teacher, song writer and the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET-Detroit Public Radio



How do we survive the death of a loved one by suicide and understand the grieving process? Hear survivors of suicide loss sharing their experience and feelings. What can we do to cope with and survive a suicide attempt? How do we resolve the question “Why?” Featuring Judy Collins, Award-winning singer-songwriter, filmmaker, speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. Judith Burdick, M.A., L.L.P. Filmmaker and grief counselor, presenting her film Transforming Loss. Deena Baxter, Wellness advocate and author of Surviving Suicide: Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor.

The Conference will also offer panel discussions and breakout presentations on a variety of topics.


For additional information about speakers and breakout session descriptions visit our Program Page.


The Conference is presented as a three-day event at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We have devised a number of registration options to accommodate your particular interests. You may purchase a 3-day, 2-day or single day registration tickets. Payment for Registration fees can be by credit card or by check. If paying by check, please make the check payable to KEVIN’S SONG and mail to:

KEVIN’S SONG, 21 Kercheval Ave., Suite 345, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Early Bird rates are good through September 30th.

EARLY BIRD   $200.00
REGULAR PRICE (After September 30th)  $300.00  

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions (THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY), breakfast and lunch each day and Thursday evening dinner followed by the presentation and panel discussion of the documentary film, THE S WORD.

EARLY BIRD   $150.00
REGULAR PRICE (After September 30th) $200.00

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions (THURSDAY and FRIDAY), breakfast and lunch each day and Thursday evening dinner followed by the presentation and panel discussion of the documentary film, THE S WORD.

EARLY BIRD   $75.00
REGULAR PRICE (After September 30th)  $100.00

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions on THURSDAY ONLY, breakfast and lunch and Thursday evening dinner followed by the presentation and panel discussion of the documentary film, THE S WORD.

EARLY BIRD   $75.00
REGULAR PRICE (After September 30th)  $100.00

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions on FRIDAY ONLY, breakfast and lunch

EARLY BIRD   $75.00
REGULAR PRICE (After September 30th)  $100.00

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions on SATURDAY ONLY, breakfast and lunch and closing ceremony

If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the Registration Coordinator, a colleague or someone else from the same organization. Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  • Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 25% of the registration fees.
  • Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Continuing education credits for Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide will be available for Social Workers, Physicians, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Educators and First Responders.


Kevin‘s Song will be offering an app for for your use and conveneince – before and during the 2017 Conference on Suicide.

The Kevin’s Song Conference app will be accessible on smartphones, tablets and laptops through a web browser like Safari, Chrome or Firefox. Simply enter the unique URL for the event. Kevin’s Song will be promoting this URL. Despite accessing the app like a website, your app actually functions offline too.

The Kevin’s Song Conference app will be available in all 4 app stores as well. When you register, you will receive an email with information on downloading the app. You will be able to download the app for Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones.

The app is a great way to view the conference agenda, customize your conference schedule, stay up-to-date with alerts and notifications, engage with other attendees and submit your conference session evaluations.

Conference Location

To download map directions click here

Need a Hotel – Where to Stay

The Inn at St. John’s is Metro Detroit’s fourth largest hotel with conference center and golf course in terms of total meeting space. Located in Plymouth, MI,  this breathtaking landmark is the premier location for luxury hotel accommodations, gourmet dining, golf outings, corporate meetings and special events. We have a special room rate of $139.00 per night for people coming to the conference.

Visit The Inn at St. John’s website
44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth MI 48170
TEL: +1-734-414-0600

Visit The Hilton Garden Inn – Plymouth
Conveniently located just around the corner from the conference center.
14600 N. Sheldon Road, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170, USA
TEL: +1-734-354-0001 (Special rates are available)

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plymouth-Ann Arbor
15100 Beck
Road Plymouth,MI 48170
TEL: 734.969.8100 (Special rates are available)