ARTSPEAK RADIO with Marcia Epstein, Bonnie Swade, and Kian Byrne

Wednesday July 18, 2018 Noon – 1PM CST

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Marcia Epstein, Bonnie Swade, and Kian Byrne.

Marcia Epstein, LMSW-Ms. Epstein is a long-time member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), a survivor of suicide loss, and a social worker who specializes in suicide prevention and bereavement support. Her home is Lawrence, Kansas, where she served as a volunteer, then as Director for 34 years, of Headquarters Counseling Center, which serves Kansas on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She now works privately, specializing in helping people reduce the risk of suicide and providing support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. In other words, she helps people learn the skills for #LifeWorthLiving. She does this through individual and family work, as well as support groups for people affected by suicide. In Lawrence, she has been facilitating Healing After Suicide, a support group for survivors of suicide loss, since the mid-1990’s, and has been facilitating Stayin’ Alive, a support group for people living with thoughts-selfharm-attempts, since 2015. A new support group for family-friends of people living with thoughts-selfharm-attempts is in the works. The groups are open to people from the Kansas City area. Ms. Epstein is a member of the Steering Committee for NAMI Douglas County, KS. She is also the host of a podcast and events “at the intersection of Art and Mental Health.” Learn more at

“Love Really IS The Answer”
June 9, 2018

Posted by Marcia Epstein on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Thriving While Living With Suicide
The first Midwest USA (or maybe anywhere) retreat for adults with 1, 2, or 3 of these types of experiences with suicide: suicide loss; suicide thoughts, self harm, and/or attempts; supporting suicidal loved ones
Saturday, July 28 10am – 5pm
at The Light Center
Registration, by Wednesday, July 25:
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

Freedom of Expression
The 12th annual retreat for adults, and children/youth accompanied by an adult, who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Saturday – Sunday, October 6-7 10am Saturday until about 11am Sunday
at The Light Center
Links for information and registration: to come
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

And, on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, during USA’s National Suicide Prevention Week: September 9-15, 2018

Words Save Lives
The 5th annual evening of Poetry, Storytelling, Music, Comedy, and Drag
Always on World Suicide Prevention Day
Monday, September 10, 2018
Lawrence, KS venue and other info: to come
For answers to questions: Marcia Epstein at [email protected]

Bonnie Swade, SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) believes the public must be educated about suicide.
We sincerely feel that “Suicide is everyone’s business.” With this in mind, SASS has five steps that we’re taking to make sure that “Suicide is everyone’s business.” Those steps are:
• Education
• Public awareness
• Networking with healthcare agencies
• Uniting survivors; and
• Providing information to area support groups.
• SASS-MoKan profile on Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
SASS has been check marked through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Bonnie’s Blog-Bonnie Swade now has a blog. You can follow by email or other social media sites.
Bonnie’s Blog Site

Charity Giving Cards-Charity Giving Cards can be purchased through the donor edge site above or go to Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

2008 Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree-The Kansas City Royals honor members of the community who have made an important impact on the people around them, on a large or small scale, and that embodies an aspect of O’Neil’s spirit. The Royals pay tribute by having the honoree sit in the seat location that was Buck O’Neil’s at Kauffman Stadium.
Sunday, Aug. 10 – Bonnie Swade
Drawing on personal tragedy, Bonnie Swade started Suicide Awareness Survivor Support Missouri and Kansas, a non-profit support group for those affected by a suicide. Along with offering support, the group also organizes a walk each year to raise funds for the education, awareness and grief support groups in the Kansas City community. Bonnie, an Overland Park, Kan., resident, has facilitated suicide prevention groups and suicide survivors support groups, also spending time visiting the Lansing State Prison to facilitate STOP Violence groups.

Musician/singer/songwriter performs live from the KKFI studio. KIAN BYRNE – FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
THE ELDERS @theelderskc
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THE NEW RIDDIM @thenewriddim

Multi-instrumentalist and a Singer-Songwriter


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