Thanks to the overwhelming support by the friends, family and fans of Mary Kay, the memorial fund in her name has made it possible for volunteers to work daily on the soon-to-be launched mental health outreach program:

THE MARY KAY BERGMAN MEMORIAL PROJECT
A CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
AND CRISES INTERVENTION FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

A program of the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center

The Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project is a non-profit mental health outreach program for the entertainment industry. Its goal is to provide a confidential source for help through:

  • the sending of printed information
  • providing outpatient referrals
  • access to 24 hour crisis lines
  • a website - where industry pros can find internet mental health resources as well as regularly updated stories of inspiration from fellow artists who have been successful in finding treatment and continue to live productive lives within the industry.

"Outside, my Mary Kay was a "larger-than-life" character; funny, outgoing, loving, admired and respected by all. Inside however, she was haunted by the pervasive fears, and pain of an untreated, advanced anxiety disorder. A consummate actress, Mary Kay managed to keep the true depths of her suffering hidden from her friends, family, co-workers, and sad to say, even myself. In the end, the illness overwhelmed her, and ultimately led to her suicide on November 11, 1999."

"Therefore I make this plea: If you are suffering - if you live with pain, fear, anxiety, depression or despair - you must seek help. If this plea can reach just one person, and help them to see the light in the darkness, then I will know that the death of my beloved Mary Kay was not a waste, but a sacrifice so that others may live."

- Dino Andrade (founder, The Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project)

Websites, 24-hour project crisis lines, referral services, etc... to be announced soon, but we still have a long way to go, so we need your help.

The tragedy of Mary Kay, is not just a concern of the entertainment industry, but to us all, whose souls have been touched by this bright and funny light that has gone out much too soon. A soul whose only desire was to entertain. But what other dedicated artist, who touches and enriches our lives will we lose next if an effort is not made to reach out against the ignorance and stigma that surrounds mental illness?

Please Help Support The Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project!

Contributions can be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone living. An acknowledgement will be sent to the family member or friend of the individual you have memorialized or honored, notifying them of your contribution. Please be sure to include their name and address with your contribution.

The Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project accepts contributions by personal check, made payable to the Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project -- Didi Hirsh CMHC. Payments may also be made by VISA or Mastercard, as well as contributions of stock and planned gifts.

Please send your contributions to:


Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project
Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
4760 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, California   90230


Contributions by VISA or Mastercard may also be made by telephone. Please call the Development Department at (310) 390-6612. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Federal Tax ID Number is: 95-1816023.

Thank you for your support.



The Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Project's website is currently under construction. In the meantime, our site welcomes e-mail from anybody who may want assistance in finding out more about mental health issues. Once the new site has opened, our site (The Official Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Site) will be linked to as an additional resource for the Project site's visitors, to familarize themselves with the Project's namesake. Nora and I are very honored to be a part of this, and will do the best we can to represent Mary Kay, her career and Dino's plans for the Project. Hopefully we will help put an end to the stigma still attached to mental illness.