Here are a few of the many positive comments that attendees shared about the Conference:
“As a clinical social worker who works with those suffering with chronic mental and physical health conditions, I feel the need/desire to listen more deeply as I assess for depression and anxiety; and to consider the external factors involved with an individual’s life experience. I will also consider more active collaboration with the individual’s support system and larger community as part of my treatment intervention.”
“I enjoyed the entire conference….all three days. Great speakers, important topics. DPTV did a great job handling the technical aspects of the conference. Overall coordination was excellent.”
“I sincerely believe that this was the best event thus far. My team and I learned a great deal. Before the end of the conference I was emailing our director about changes that we need to make starting today. I am so appreciative of the event.”
“I had not previously attended a virtual conference but was impressed with the ease and organization of the online platform. As always, Kevin’s Song provided an abundance of information on a variety of topics.”
“Honestly, so well put together, smart and inspiring. I loved the mix of personal stories, research, the focus on equity and the practical break outs on what others are doing.”
Attendees of the School Summit also enjoyed the information and resources shared for educators and those working with youth:
“This is my 2nd year attending the School Summit, and it was fabulous! I loved the variety of speakers and the pacing of the conference with several breaks.”
“I enjoyed the wide-array of topics discussed, the diversity of presenters, and the diversity of their teaching methods during the conference. The organization from conference leadership was very good. The scheduling, breaks, and pacing allowed me to remain engaged as a participant.”
“This was an excellent professional development and there was so much information that we are able to bring back to our teachers and staff.”
Many thanks to the attendees, our sponsors and supporters and the many organizations that partnered with Kevin’s Song to make this conference accessible and successful.
Attendees now have access to the session recordings.
Some photos from the event:
Recipients exemplify outstanding service to the community in Suicide Prevention. Past recipients have been individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of citizens in crisis.
Barb Smith’s passion for suicide prevention began in the aftermath of the loss of her brother John to suicide . Barb’s one-woman campaign to bring solace to other survivors has grown into the Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network . Barb is being honored for the positive impact she has had on countless lives across the state and beyond, through education, intervention, and shared expertise.
After Will Heininger experienced a mental health crisis as a defensive lineman for the University of Michigan, he became a passionate advocate for the mental health of student athletes and other young people across the country . Will is being honored for opening new doors in the suicide prevention world, for participating in Kevin’s Song’s conferences and films, and for his work with the Eisenberg Family Depression Center .
Rates of suicide continue to rise across the demographic spectrum and certainly among school-age youth. For years, suicide and mental health issues were subjects to be avoided, hidden behind a veil of stigma or fear. Now, hopefully we know differently. But in our conversations, are we really hearing what students have to say about anxiety, depression, mental health or the pain their friends and peers are feeling. What do they want from teachers, parents and the others in their lives?
As part of the national Well Beings Tour, Detroit Public TV is teaming with Kevin’s Song and other local organizations to create a virtual conversation addressing their vital, often life-saving issues. We will listen to a diverse group of students who will talk about their lives, their feelings and their concerns. And we will respond.
Bottled up Inside: African American Teens and Depression seeks to educate and inform individuals who work with youth through the authors own, personal and professional lived experiences. Depression is a huge health concern for African Americans due to a variety of issues affecting their families and communities. Too many people are not seeking help and treatment, and this has prevented many from healing due to the stigma associated with mental illness. The suicide rate among black teens is increasing with this being the third leading cause of death for young people 15-24. It is essential to discuss the issues of mental health and how it affects people, so when help is needed, people will not be afraid to ask for help. In this book, the reader will learn how to assist youth dealing with the turmoil of adolescence, gain an understanding of depression, identify potential risk factors and protective factors, and learn an intervention to help youth in non-crisis and crisis situations. Rose Jackson-Beavers is the author of 10 books. She is an advocate for teens and works in close collaboration with others to encourage young people never to give up. She resides in Florissant, MO with her family. Rev. Jermine Alberty has worked in the mental health field as an educator and trainer for 12 years and is a national trainer of Mental Health First Aid. He is Executive Director of Pathways to Promise and Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. Alberty holds a bachelor’s degree and his Master of Divinity. He resides in Columbia, Missouri with his wife, Dyone Alberty.
Dr. Brian Ahmedani and Nancy Buyle, Co-Chairs of the Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission and members of the With One Voice Advisory Board updated Kevin’s Song Conference attendees on the Commission’s progress to date, including focus group findings, the timetable for presenting recommendations to the full Commission in March, and work to date by the four sub-committees: Policy… Data… Special Populations… and the Work Force.
If you’d like to follow the work of the Commission, it meets on the third Friday of every month at 10:30 AM. Or, you can contact James Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the March 24, 2021 virtual meeting:
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“We Need to Talk” is a 30-minute film produced by Kevin’s Song and funded by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Klingler Family Foundation. The film documents effective suicide prevention initiatives being used in schools and communities. Profiled in this video are the Prepare-U curriculum at West Bloomfield High School, The U-Matter teen program developed by Rabbi Yarden Blumstein for Friendship Circle, the University of Michigan’s Peer-To-Peer school outreach program and The SHED, an after-school facility for youth recently opened by Dennis Liegghio, founder of Know Resolve.View Video
Conceived by Kevin’s Song and sponsored by the Children’s Foundation, this 3-part series was produced in partnership with Detroit Public Television. Hosted by prominent Michigan journalist, Cynthia Canty each 60-minute program includes interviews with mental health professionals, educators and community leaders and covers topics ranging from the impact of social media on youth to building resilience to successful intervention strategies.View Programs
“Singing Kevin’s Song” Interviews with a high school counsellor, a former collegiate athlete, a researcher, and the parents of a high school student lost to suicide reveal their personal and painful insights into dealing with the suicide epidemic. Produced by James McGovern. (28 minutes)
“Death is Not the Answer”. Award winning producer-director Keith Famie tackles the tough issues of understanding depression and mental illness. (58 minutes).
“The S Word”. The stigma that so often prevents honest discussion, and often times death, is the subject of this compelling documentary by Lisa Klein. (98 minutes)
“Life After Suicide”- Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent, draws from her own tragic experience to explore the aftermath of suicide and sudden loss, and, like her new book “Life After Suicide,” the podcast offers a six-part roadmap for survivors.