Monday, November 11, 2019

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman initially credited on the animated television show, South Park, as Shannen Cassidy, was an American voice actress and voice-over teacher.
In 1989, she began voicing the Disney character Snow White. Bergman is widely known for her voice work in the earliest seasons of South Park and The Fairly OddParents. She did voice work for over 400 television commercials and voiced over 100 cartoon, movie & video game characters throughout her career.
Mary Kay Bergman suffered from Bipolar disease as well as generalized anxiety disorder. On November 11, 1999, she lost her life to suicide. Bergman was thirty eight years old.

Mary Kay Bergman 
June 5, 1961 – November 11, 1999

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

James Robert Baker

James Robert Baker was an American author of satirica fiction. A native Californian, his work is set almost entirely in Southern California. After graduating from UCLA, he began his career as a screenwriter, but became disillusioned and started writing novels instead. He garnered fame for his books Fuel-Injected Dreams and Boy Wonder.First-edition copies of his earlier works have become collector's items. 
Baker died by suicide at his home on November 5, 1997. Much of his work had its greatest success posthumously. James Robert Baker was fifty years old when he died.

James Robert Baker 
October 18, 1947 – November 5, 1997

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Simone Mareuil

Simone Mareuil was a French actress best known for appearing in the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou.
Mareuil appeared in a number of films, most notably director Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog, 1929. 
After World War II, she returned to Périgueux, where she fell into a deep depression. On October 24, 1954, Simone Mareull died by suicide. She was 55 years old when she died.

Simon Mareull
August 25, 1899 – October 24, 1954

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kazuhiko Katō

Kazuhiko Katō, nicknamed "Tonovan" (トノヴァン), was a Japanese record producer, songwriter and singer. He sometimes used the spelling of "Kazuhiko Katoh"

Kato launched his recording career in the mid-1960s. His band the Folk Crusaders song "Kaettekita Yopparai (I Only Live Twice)" was released in 1967 and sold more than 1.3 million copies in Japan. Kato also gained success producing music for other musicians, as well. As a composer, Kato created the theme song "Ai Oboetei Imasu ka" for the movie The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? In 1990, Kato teamed up with graphic artists, Haruhiko Shono and Kuniyoshi Kaneko, to provide the music for the award-winning Japanese computer game, Alice.
Toward the end of his life, Kazuhiko Katō spoke of suicidal thoughts. He died by suicide on October 17, 2009. He was sixty two years old when he died.

Kazuhiko Katō 
March 21, 1947 – October 17, 2009

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Please Join Me

Once again, I have been asked to help kick off an AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk. The opportunity to speak to both survivors of attempts and survivors of loss, as well as those who support us, is beyond an honor. At these events, when I speak I make every effort to not only speak to those of us whose lives have been touched by suicide, but also to speak on our behalf. 

The Oakland event is an early one, but please feel free to join me and all the others who are making a difference in the fight for suicide prevention!

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/19/2019
Walk Location: Lake Merritt - Oakland, CA
Check-in/Registration Time: 6:00 am
Walk Begins: 6:30 am
Walk Ends: 9:00 am
Remembering and honoring those who have been lost and/or those who have attempted suicide, is always my goal when writing, speaking, and advocating on behalf of suicide prevention. On October 19, I will be proudly wearing the following beads:

If you are interested in forming a team, volunteering at the event, or making a donation, please click on the image below:

For more information about the Oakland event, please contact:

Contact Name: April Collins 
Contact Phone: 707-968-7563 
Contact Email:

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Antonie Kamerling

Anthonie Willem Constantijn Gneomar "Antonie" Kamerling was a Dutch television and film actor, and musician. He was member of the original cast of the Dutch soap opera Goede tijden, slechte tijden. He played in the films The Little Blonde Death (1993), All Stars (1997), and I Love You Too (2001). He also had starring roles in Dutch musical productions.

For many years Antonie Kamerling suffered from depression. On October 6, 2010, he lost his life to suicide. He was 44 years old when he died.

Antonie Kamerling 
August 25, 1966 – October 6, 2010 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Begin Now - DAY 30

Thank you for making a difference in the 
fight for suicide prevention and awareness.


You make  a difference. 

You are needed in this world.

There is help available.

And to continue making a difference:

Fight Stigma

Make  research a priority

Advocate  Advocate  Advocate

Work towards making 
treatment available to all.

Begin Now.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Meet Chelise - DAY 29

My personal story is comprised of the posts that were first responsible for creating the Lighting Up the Sky blog. I invite you to take a look at them again.

Chelise Stroud's
Personal Story and Essays

One of the most important things you can do on this earth 

is to let people know they are not alone. 

― Shannon L. Alder, Author

Chelise Stroud is a suicide prevention writer, speaker, and advocate. She is a two time survivor of suicide loss.

"I believe in healing. I believe in recovery. I believe in reaching out and speaking out. I believe that every story is important and I believe that all of our voices matter." - Chelise Stroud

You can find Chelise's personal essays and story, by clicking on the image below:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Our Voices Matter - DAY 28

This is a reminder to take a look at this series on the lighting up the sky blog.

Our Voices Matter
Each post features the story of a remarkable person whose life has been touched by suicide. Some are survivors of suicide attempts. Some are people who have overcome having been suicidal. Some are experts in the field of mental health and suicide. And many are those who've survived the heartbreaking loss of someone they love to suicide.

These are the words of storytellers, activists, advocates, law makers, and loved ones.

Click on the image below to see the Our Voices Matter posts:

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Quiet Beauty of Grief - DAY 27

Two years ago I was moved by a photo that a woman in one of my online suicide loss support groups posted.

With her permission, I published the photo on this blog. The photo was an expression of grief and beauty combined.  Her two young children who'd lost their father, and in the photo their love for him still was so evident, even when they were at his graveside.

I believe that survivors of suicide loss need to be allowed to grieve with the same dignity and respect as any other person who has suffered a loss.

Since publishing that photo two years ago, I  created a regular series on this blog called The Beauty of Grief. I have published inspirational quotes, photos, artwork, poems, and more.

You can learn more about The Beauty of Grief series, by clicking here.