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From Diane Kaufman, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Founder-Director of the Arts & Healing Resiliency Center, Mind Matters, PC

You can help raise awareness of 988, the new mental health crisis number.

The song “Lift You Up” is a wonderful way to spread awareness of 988. Its loving compassion will encourage a person in emotional distress to actually make that call. I am a child psychiatrist, humanism in medicine awardee, poet, and artist here in Portland. I wrote a poem that turned into song lyrics upon hearing of the suicide death of beloved country music singer Naomi Judd. The “Lift You Up” lyric song video ends with the text:

“Let yourself be ‘lifted up.’ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 988 or 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).”

“Lift You Up” won “Best Lyrics Song” at the International Sound Future Awards. Can you please help “Lift You Up” do its healing work?

Special Announcement: Upcoming Workshop at the Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference

“Creative Resilience: Arts, Poetry & Music Workshop” has been selected for presentation at the Oregon Suicide Prevention Conference this October. Diane Kaufman, MD, child psychiatrist, poet, artist, and founder-director of the Arts and Healing Resiliency Center at Mind Matters, PC, and Karen Corona, LCSW, trauma therapist and expressive artist, will facilitate the workshop. This conference aims for statewide impact to help prevent suicide. We will feature the “Lift You Up” and Don’t Give Up” music videos with the 988 and 1-800-273-8255 numbers and Creative Life Lines posters, and discuss key skills for resilience. Participants will engage in an expressive arts activity honoring their life’s journey.

The conference is sponsored by Lines for Life and takes place from October 11th–13th in Ashland, Oregon. The conference is open to the public.

Credits for “Lift You Up” Lyric Video

Diane Kaufman, MD, poem/lyrics; Corenia Yoder, singer-songwriter; and Lucia Martinez Rojas, animation