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About the Founders

Speak Up a 501(c)3 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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4th Annual Walk Results

We want to thank everyone who made the SPEAK UP Walk such a huge success. With our sponsors, donors, walkers and volunteers, we were able to raise $185,100. Over 1036 participants. Over 25 community resources. We can not wait to see you next year!

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Sources of Strength-Program offered by Speak Up


Funds raised will support a teen mental health program including speakers and training in the Kansas and Missouri area.

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What teens are saying about us?

We asked some local teens about what the donations mean to them? 

“They’re important because there are tons of my peers that are going through a variety of different mental health problems, and I feel like Speak Up has the resources to help out these teens that are in need. It matters because suicide has continued to kill people in the community around me, and I want to make sure it is never one of my friends.”

Josh - BV teen

“I think it gives the sense of hope and the feeling that people everywhere are out there that can help in any way This matters because it gives teens like me the feeling that we are not alone”

Kade - BV student

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. 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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Our 2019 Sponsors

We want to thank our generous 2019 sponsors!

Special thank you to Garmin for being our host sponsor!

Boyer Corporon Wealth Management, Bruce & Kelly Tieves, Burt & Sheli Rosenberg, Cogan & Power, Costentino's Market Blue Valley, Creative Concepts, DLR Group, Dr. Phuong L. Vuong, Fusion Inbound, Garmin International, Go Fund Me by William Hamilton, Henderson Engineers, HERLIFE MAGAZINE, In Memory of James Prideaux by Family & Friends, In Memory of Michael Davis by Family & Friends, Ironhorse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry / Dr. Laura's Orthodontics, Jeff & Lyndsey Dunn, Just 4 Schools, Kansas City Physician Partners, Inc., Keep the Spark Alive, Kendra Scott LLC, Kevin A. Dunn & Bob Legler, Lululemon ISA, Inc., Mikkelson Family Foundation, Mr. Richard Schwartz, Saint Luke's Marion Bloch, Neuroscience Institute, SASS MO-KAN, Stacey Saladin, Realtor, Keller Williams Reality Partners, The David and Libby Savner Family Fund, The Independent, Upchurch Family Foundation

2019 Walk Resources

We would like to thank our volunteer resource tables for joining us for the walk this year. With out there services, many of our coummunity would feel alone. Thank you for all the work you do in helping save lives!

Sources of Strength hosted by Blue Valley North High School peer leaders ,BV Well, Caregivers on the Homefront, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, DBSA Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Overland Park, Disney Family Therapy LLC, E3 Scholarship Fund, First Call Alcohol / Drug Prevention Recovery, Full Circle Program, JoCo Q-Space, Safe space for LGBTQ+ youth age 12-20., Johnson County Mental Health, Let Me Run, Mental Health America of the Heartland, Midwest Neurofeedback, #MINDSMATTER, NAMI JOCO, Pathway to Hope, Renew Counseling, Research Psychiatric Center, Resolve Counseling and Wellness, SASS-MoKan, Solace House program of Kansas City Hospice,Thalia House, The Braveheart Connection, University of Kansas Health Systems

Jason Arkin: The Story of Speak Up