Taking Action

Our Mission — Suicide Education, Prevention And Healing

Kevin’s Song is a charitable organization dedicated to generating public awareness about the causes of suicide, its prevalence in our society and possible preventive measures. As an organization, we are creating a working community of professionals and advocates that is rapidly being recognized as the go-to resource in the metropolitan Detroit area for offering knowledge, hope and healing to individuals, families and communities touched by suicide. This includes suicide related to mental illness, recreational and prescription substance abuse and life-event triggers.

Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide


Detroit Public TV, The Children’s Foundation and Kevin’s Song present a special panel discussion on what we all can do to identify teens and young adults at risk and provide help

Monday, Dec. 30, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. on DPTV (56.1)

View the livestream of the show on Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook or at DPTV.org/SavingLives



The statistics on suicide are alarming, for youth as well as every other age group.
The suicide rate for teens in Michigan has doubled over the past decade, surpassing national trends. It is the second leading cause of death among our youth.

It is little wonder that people are calling youth suicide an epidemic.
Detroit Public TV is airing a very special panel discussion – “Saving Lives – Preventing Youth Suicide” — taped live in our studio.

It features a crucial conversation with educators, researchers, counselors and other experts in the field, moderated by veteran broadcaster, Cynthia Canty.
Together, they seek solutions – what we can do as a community to bring awareness to youth suicide and how parents, teachers, friends and others in their lives can help young people who are at risk.

This important program is part of a yearlong campaign by Detroit Public Television, Kevin’s Song and The Children’s Foundation to shine a light of compassion and understanding on an issue that has too long remained in the shadows.

Kevin’s Song is hosting its fourth annual conference on suicide awareness and prevention, along with a School Summit, on Jan. 23-25 at the Inn of St. John’s in Plymouth. For more information and registration visit kevinssong.org/conference.

 

Events

January 21, 2021

Annual Conference on Suicide

January 21-23, 2021 A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON SUICIDE: EQUITY AND EQUALITY IN SUICIDE PREVENTION  AND SCHOOL SUMMIT WHO’S INVITED: Educators/Parents & Students Mental Health and Medical Professionals Crisis Center Workers ...

October 22, 2020

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT

Each year, Kevin’s Song presents an annual fundraiser: Starry, Starry Night. This year, due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually on October 22nd.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Groups

Due to an abundance of caution and care, we are postponing our upcoming loss and suicide attempt survivors support groups through mid-April.

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In order to have a more unified voice to advocate for changes and initiatives that will promote suicide education, training and prevention, Kevin’s Song has launched a collaborative initiative, With One Voice. Kevin’s Song will facilitate an assembly of local, statewide and national suicide prevention groups and regional coalitions, along with mental health providers and community mental health organizations, in order to explore how together they can more effectively promote meaningful change.

This project will kick off with a day-long meeting which will begin with a discussion of each organization’s strengths, mission, activities and geographic coverage. The groups will then work to strategically identify specific and measurable goals and how to best share their resources to effectuate needed change. If these organizations can speak and work together With One Voice, business and community leaders and policy makers will understand that there is a unified and organized coalition of suicide prevention and mental health advocacy organizations – representing common interests across the State of Michigan – working together to effectuate meaningful change.

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