Annual Conference




Michigan’s largest conference on suicide — the Kevin’s Song 7th Annual Conference on Suicide: Building Roads to a Better Tomorrow —  announced that registration is now open for the widely respected event that features a prestigious roster of leading experts in the field of suicide. Presented by The Dolores and Paul Lavins Foundation, The Children’s Foundation and the Joseph J. Laurencelle Memorial Foundation, the conference will be produced by Detroit Public Television and returns to an in-person format January 26 – 28, 2023 at the St. John’s Resort located at 44045 Five Mile Rd. in Plymouth. 

The three-day conference will bring together more than 400 educators, mental health professionals, professional trainees and students, business and community leaders as well as members of the public, survivors of suicide loss, and attempt survivors. It will address suicide as a public health crisis to better understand and prevent suicide while helping to build pathways to better models of prevention and treatment in order to save lives.

To view the session content for each program, click on the logos at the top of each of the following program descriptions.


On Thursday, January 26, 2023, as part of the Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide, Kevin’s Song will host its 4th Annual The School Summit that will bring together public, independent, parochial and charter schools to share best practices in suicide awareness and prevention, and learn about creative, innovative programs that are bringing mental health and suicide awareness to students, teachers and parents throughout Michigan.  This program’s focus on youth will also appeal to mental health professionals and policymakers and will provide insight into the challenges facing young people today, post pandemic, and how we can protect and engage them.

Thursday will also mark the first Professional Trainee and Student Symposium on Suicide – an intense half- day course on suicide risk factors, prevention and treatment.  Professional trainees and students will be provided with basic but crucial information in regards to identifying and working with people at risk for suicide, in line with healthcare regulatory standards, such as The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for Suicide Prevention.  This Symposium on Suicide is FREE for persons enrolled in any of these programs in the State of Michigan:

  • Primary Care, Pediatric, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry or Emergency Medicine Residency Programs
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Social Work, Psychology or Professional Counseling Programs

This half day program is important for trainees entering into professional health fields as well as professionals who are either working with trainees or those who are continuing their own lifelong educational pursuit.  Mental Health Professionals are also encouraged to attend and may obtain continuing education credits.





On Friday, January 27, 2023 the Conference will include an array of powerful presentations that will challenge the conventions of suicide prevention and treatment and challenge attendees to rethink how suicide and risk of self-harm can be better assessed, prevented and treated. The day will begin with a dialogue by three of the country’s leading experts on suicide and prevention, Thomas Joiner, PhD, Craig Bryan, PhD and Bart Andrews, PhD, who will discuss  current prevention efforts and ideas for the future from a mental health and public health perspective.  Topics throughout the day will also include suicide prevention in the workplace, the impact of 988, innovations in crisis management and treatment, and community efforts to reduce and eliminate stigma.  The Friday program will conclude with an inspiring presentation by Fire Chief Greg Flynn on the Yellow Rose Campaign, a program committed to changing the trajectory of death by suicide of first responders and in communities they serve while working to erase the stigma of asking for help.


On Saturday, January 28, 2023, the Conference focuses on survivors of suicide loss and attempt survivors, support group facilitators, mental health professionals, and others interested in sharing and understanding the lived experience of surviving a suicide attempt/suicidal thoughts, and/or the loss and grief following the suicide of a loved one.  Featured this year will be a compelling presentation from Kevin Berthia and Kevin Briggs.

In March of 2005, Kevin Berthia was going through a tough time.  He couldn’t see any way, so he fell into a deep depression and decided to end his life at the Golden Gate Bridge.  That’s where he met retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs, who intervened and talked him down.  These champions of suicide prevention and survival will inspire and be a source of hope and healing.

The day will conclude with a presentation about surviving the grief of suicide loss and facilitated support groups for attendees.


The 2023 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide will provide a unique outreach and marketing opportunity – access to professionals and laypersons involved in the fields of suicide research, treatment, prevention programs, crisis intervention, and aftercare. Thursday’s SCHOOL SUMMIT will also provide access to an assembly of educators, school administrators, school counselors and community policymakers whose focus is on the behavioral education and welfare of young people around the state of Michigan.

YOUR SPONSORSHIP presents an opportunity for high community visibility and exposure of your organization or business to many mental health professionals and educators who treat and work in the fields of medical and behavioral health.

Kevin’s Song is proud of what we have accomplished since its inception, but your support is vitally needed to carry on our efforts.   If you would like to show your support, we invite you to become a SPONSOR of the 2023 CONFERENCE ON SUICIDE at one of the levels outlined in the Sponsorship Kit.  We truly thank you for your consideration in supporting KS and our vitally important work in the effort to curb suicide and save lives.




EARLY BIRD PRICE $250.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

REGULAR PRICE $300.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes continental breakfast, lunch and all plenary and breakout sessions for the Thursday School Summit, Friday Conference as well as the Survivor Program on Saturday.

EARLY BIRD PRICE $125.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

REGULAR PRICE $175.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes continental breakfast, lunch and all plenary and breakout sessions for Thursday School Summit only.

EARLY BIRD PRICE $125.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

REGULAR PRICE $175.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes continental breakfast, lunch and all plenary and breakout sessions for Friday Conference ONLY.

PRICE: Professional Trainees and Students: FREE

PRICE: Mental Health Professionals with CE Credits available: $50

Includes continental breakfast, lunch and all Symposium sessions on Thursday 8am to 1pm ONLY.

PRICE $35.00 plus service processing and credit card fees

Includes all plenary and breakout sessions on SATURDAY ONLY.

Fees for registration if applicable must be paid in full prior to the event date.

Substitutions are encouraged and preferred.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 10 calendar days prior to the event start date and all unpaid invoices will be due in full.

No refunds will be issued for no-shows and all unpaid invoices will be due in full.

Cancellations will only be considered when received in writing. Telephone requests will not be honored.

Please email your cancellation requests to:

Opportunities for continuing education have been submitted for the disciplines shown below.  All approvals are pending.

  • SOCIAL WORKERS and PSYCHOLOGISTS continuing education credits through NASW-MI Social Work Continuing Collaborative
  • EDUCATORS State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for Educators and School Counselors.
  • LICENSED COUNSELORS Continuing education credits approval by the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • NURSING contact hours through Ohio Nurses Association.
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS education credits (MCBAP) through Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals.

What is T.A.S.K.S.?

Training and Awareness on Suicide from Kevin’s Song
This Recognition Certificate is something extra we are providing to qualifying attendees at our annual Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide. The Conference on Suicide and School Summit offer a comprehensive program of educational sessions that focus on suicide.

To become qualified for T.A.S.K.S. recognition, you must be a licensed health care professional or educator. You will be required to attend every PLENARY SESSION on Thursday and Friday and attend 4 Breakout sessions.

You can include the Plenary and Breakout sessions from both the Thursday School Summit and the Friday Conference on Suicide in order to earn your T.A.S.K.S. recognition.

Not only will you earn CEUs, you will go home with a Certificate for your office, certifying to your colleagues and to the community that you have attended this comprehensive conference with its focus on suicide – awareness, research, prevention and treatment.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Saint John’s Resort

To reserve a room, call 734-414-0600 after November 15, 2022 and reference the name of the event: Kevin’s Song Foundation.

All reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

The room rate is $155 plus tax per night

Memorial Forest

The MEMORIAL FOREST was created for the Kevin’s Song Fourth Annual Conference on Suicide to help us remember and honor some of the people who have died by suicide and to offer solace to those who were left behind. This Memorial Forest, which will be a virtual respite during the 2022 Conference of Suicide and School Summit, is made possible through the many generous donations to Kevin’s Song in memory of Adam Elbadawi.

All attendees, as part of registration, are invited to submit a name in memory of a loved one lost to suicide or to honor a survivor, and have the name inscribed on a Kevin’s Song bird which will decorate the trees. Attendees of the Conference will be able to visit the Memorial Forest and submit additional names for display in the Memorial Forest at any time during the three day conference. In this way, we remember that we are all connected in loss and fortified with hope. 


See map for location of Saint John’s Resort, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170