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.

We all wear a mask

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.

Reconnect with Recovery Yoga Workshop

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You are invited to a free Reconnect with Recovery yoga workshop on Saturday, March 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM at Inner Door Center in Royal Oak. All current and former clients are welcome, along with individuals that would like to learn more about Inner Door Center’s eating disorder treatment programs and outpatient therapy programs for substance abuse and a variety of psychological concerns.

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  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
  • After A Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal by Margo Requarth
  • An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Angelhead: My Brother’s Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms
  • Before Their Time: Adult Children’s Experience of Parental Suicide by Mary and Maureen Stimming
  • Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
  • Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch
  • Happiness is a Thought Away! by Michael Lantz
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One by Ann Smolin, C.S.W. and John Guinan, Ph.D.
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  • Journey Not Chosen… Destination Not Known: Living With Bipolar by Mary Worthen
  • Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Anderson
  • Living on the Border by Stephanie R. Kauffman.
  • Mental Health Through Will Training: A System of Self-Help in Psychotherapy As Practiced by Recovery Incorporated by Abraham A. Low, M.D.
  • Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy by Kelly Wilson Ph.D and Troy DuFrene MA
  • Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden
  • Suicide Survivors: A Guide for Those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski
  • Take the Dimness of My Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide by William A. Ritter
  • The Anxiety And Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama
  • The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life by Kim T. Mueser and Susan Gingerich
  • The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller
  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Stephen S. Ilardi
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy by David Servan-Schreiber
  • The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety by Troy DuFrene MA and Kelly Wilson Ph.D
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
  • Walking your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being by Thom Hartmann
  • When Food is Love by Geneen Roth
  • Where was God When…?: Real Answers to Hard Questions by Mike Calhoun & Ric Garland
  • Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner


Al Garmo, M.D.
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
950 E. Maple Road, Suite 208
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 302-1962

B. Karen LaCourse Psy.S Ph.D.
1112 Catalpa Drive
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 414-7275

Behavioral Medical Center
1639 E. Big Beaver Rd. Ste. 201
Troy, MI 48083(248) 528-9000
Dr. Birgit Amann

Dr. Camille Greenwald, PhD
999 Haynes, Ste. 235
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 567-2420

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
1424 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Other Locations: Auburn Hills, Lake Orion, Waterford

2014 MOM Race Sponsor

Dr. Chad S. Saperstein, Psychotherapist
PRIMACARE Administrative Office
28303 Joy Road
Westland, MI 48185
Other location: Monroe


Common Ground
Resource & Crisis Center
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 32E
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 451-2600
Additional Locations: Royal Oak, Flint

Community Network Services
279 Summit Drive
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 745-4900
Other location: Farmington Hills

Eastern Michigan University Psychology Clinic
611 W. Cross
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-4987

Eastwood Clinic
30701 N. Woodward Ave., Suite 200
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 288-9333
George T. Goike, MSW

Elizabeth Shaw-Draves MA, LLP, Psychotherapist
725 S. Adams Rd., Suite 242
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 207-1499

Eva Olson, MD, Psychiatrist
255 East Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 332-3976

Forest View Psychiatric Hospital
1055 Medical Park Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(800) 949-8439

Havenwyck Hospital
1525 University Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 373-9200

Heron Ridge Associates
3694 Clarkston Rd
Clarkston, MI 48348
(248) 693-8880

2014 MOM Race Sponsor

Inner Door Center for Eating Disorders
317 E. 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 336-2868


Institute for Christian Counseling
12470 Margaret Dr.
Fenton, MI 48420
(810) 629-8179

Jeanne M. Duax, PhD, PLLC
747 S Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170
(248) 919-8229

K.C. Joseph, MD
2525 Crooks Rd., Suite 100
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 731-7305

Dr. Neha V. Gupta, MD
300 Riverfront Drive, Suite 25G
Detroit, MI 48226
(734) 925-6342

New Horizons Mental Health Services
20960 Kelly Road, Suite B
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 585-1955
Kim Tocco, NP, CNS, BC

New Oakland Child-Adolescent & Family Center
32961 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 855-1540
Other Locations: Centerline, Clinton Township, Clarkston, Livonia

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority
2011 Executive Hills Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 858-1210

Patricia Tattrie, PsyD, LP
999 Haynes, Suite 250
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 807-8977

Recovery Consultants, Inc.
2710 W. 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 543-1090

Renewed Hope Christian Counseling
48540 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 739-5450

River’s Bend, P.C.
800 Stephenson Hwy, Ste 250
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 585-3239

Dr. Rhona B. Ahmad, MD
29994 Northwestern Hwy., Suite East
Farmington, MI 48334
(248) 855-2280

Rose Hill Center
5130 Rose Hill Blvd.
Holly, MI 48442
(248) 634-5530

The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine
441 S Livernois Rd #205
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 608-8800

University of Michigan Depression Center
Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Road, SPC 5763
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-4400

University of Michigan Institute for Human Adjustment
530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 615-7853

Wentworth & Associates P.C.
11111 Hall Road – Suite 303
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 997-3153