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About the Founders

Speak Up foundation was created and formed by two families that both suffered a devastating loss due to mental illness ending in suicide. We are united in breaking the silence and reducing stigma surrounding all mental illness and suicide. Our hope is that Speak Up will provide education and awareness in our community bridging the gaps between community, schools and parents.

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Community Outreach Events

With funds raised last year, Speak Up will be helping over 10,000 kids this coming school year. Find out how to bring Speak Up to your school.

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You Be You Teen Campaign

You Be You is a teen mental health campaign that was developed by Bernstein-Rein Advertising ( in collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, Jewish Family Services, and SPEAK UP, a group formed by two families who suffered the devastating loss of losing children to suicide. 100% of the funding for the campaign is funded by SPEAK UP.

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Funds raised will support a teen mental health campaign by the SPEAK UP Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, programs of Jewish Family Services.

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Walk with us!

Walk with us on September 16, 2018! You can make a difference! Funds raised will help educate local teens and their families about mental health through a collaborative effort of SPEAK UP, the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition and Jewish Family Services. The TOP 3 teams who raise the most funds by 9/1 will have their team name on the back of the Speak UP walk shirt!

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High School Mental Health Campaign

It is our goal to supplement and expand upon your efforts where needed, assist with coordination and help to ensure their highest quality. We will work with each individual school to meet its needs.

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