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Remembering Robin Williams

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I have been meaning to make a post about Robin Williams’ death, but I’ve been preoccupied with storm devastation. Our newly-finished basement was one of the many destroyed by the floods that moved through Southeast Michigan on 8/11. We lost a lot of valuable and cherished belongings, but fortunately I was able to save the new MOMorial!

I don’t have anything profound to add at this point, other than let us try to remember Robin Williams for the incredible person he was, not the tragic manner in which he died. His life, and all the faces of your loved ones on the salvaged MOMorial, are a constant reminder that depression and suicide know no boundary and we have more work to do. And starts by taking off the masks we wear to hide our pain from the world.

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2014 MOM Check Presentation

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Please join me in downtown Royal Oak next Monday, 7/21 at 7:30 PM for the MOM check presentation. The presentation will take on the 3rd floor of City Hall at the beginning of the regularly scheduled City Commission Meeting. This year’s MOM Race raised a record $35,000 for our charities. Stop by and hear how the funds will be used by The University of Michigan Depression Center, KnowResolve, and Common Ground.  Click here for the full agenda.

The MOM Race is less than a month away!

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So register now and reserve your spot at the 9th Annual MOM Race on Saturday, May 3.  We are expecting another unforgettable event and would love to see you there.

Not interested in running or walking, but want to help?  Sign up to volunteer, make a donation, or consider fundraising.  And don’t forget to look into your company’s employee gift matching program.  Many employers match donations made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  If your company is interested in MOM Race sponsorship, act soon, the deadline is April 18.


KnowResolve Presentations at ROHS

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Are you a parent, educator, or just curious about the KnowResolve suicide prevention programs made possible by MOM Race funding? If so, please join me on Tuesday, April 1 from 9-11 AM for back-to-back presentations at Royal Oak High School. Royal Oak High School is located at 1500 Lexington Blvd, just north of 13 Mile and east of Crooks Rd. The student presentations will take place in the auditorium during 2nd and 3rd hours beginning at 8:58 AM and 9:55 AM, respectively.

Fore more information, or to obtain a guest pass, please contact Carrie Laurence at 248-435-8500 ext. 1061 or

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Glow-in-the-Dark Minigolf Fundraiser

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You’re invited to a MOM pre-race fundraiser this Sunday, March 30 from 3-5 PM at Glowgolf in Sterling Heights, MI. Glowgolf is located inside Lakeside Mall, on the upper level next to Lord & Taylor.  Admission is $10/pp and includes three games of glow-in-the-dark mini golf.  A raffle, 50/50 drawing, and snacks will also be provided at this family-friendly event.  Proceeds will benefit Mind Over Matter to help support mental health awareness and suicide prevention efforts.

For more information, please contact Amy Suess at (810) 247-0577 or

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Welcome to Our New Site

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I am pleased to announce the launch of our new MOM website and my new Race Direcor blog. I hope both will help provide Mind Over Matter followers with up-to-date race info and other useful information and events pertaining to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Piecing it Together: Mental Health Matters featuring Kevin Breel

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Mark your calendars for Piecing it Together: Mental Health Matters featuring Kevin Breel on Monday, March 24th at 6:30 PM at Waterford Kettering High School.

As a teenager, Kevin Breel nearly took his own life. His story, so powerfully told in “Confessions of a Depressed Comic,” gives voice to an often silent struggle and offers a message of hope. Kevin was recently featured on the Today Show and is excited to speak to Waterford Kettering families and community members.

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The Bullycide Project

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The Bullycide Project will be coming to Royal Oak Middle School on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30 to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the ROMS auditorium. The Bullyside Project is a 50-minute theatrical performance that chronicles the lives and deaths of nice individuals to promote anti-bullying awareness.