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
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:
"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!
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.