About the founders
Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids United as Partners Foundation
The Speak Up foundation was created and formed by two families that both suffered a devastating loss due to mental illness ending in suicide. Speak Up Foundation is a program of Jewish Family Services.
The Arkin and Doss families share the same devastation in losing a beloved child in 2015: Jason Arkin and Sara Prideaux. It is from these tragic events that we decided to rise from the fiery ashes and create this foundation. We are two families who have walked different paths ending in one united fight. 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. We want to encourage open conversations with our children and educate our community about the different signs of children who may be at risk. We hope that you will join our fight and pledge to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.
The Arkins-Steve, Jennifer and Karen Arkin
In The Press-Arkin family
October 4, 2016- Speak Up to prevent suicide
April 8, 2016- Jason story inpacts changes in CAPS at Northwestern
October 15, 2015-What a successful university mental health program looks like
September 10, 2015- 7 Things I want you to know about my son and suicide
September 3, 2015- Mother hopes to save lives by sharing story of son who took his own life
August 20, 2015- Walk for Jason shines spot light on mental health awareness
May 20, 1015- McCormick junior Jason Arkin dies
The Doss's-Austin, Allie, and Jason
In The Press-Doss family
October 5, 2016- Group works to raise awareness to prevent area teen suicides.
February 15, 2016-Parents Hope School Training Helps Other Families Avoid Pain Of Suicide.
February 12, 2016-Parents hope school training helps other families avoid pain of suicide
January 31, 2016- Kansas measure seeks suicide-awareness training for teachers
January 26, 2016-Parents call for suicide prevention training in Kansas schools.
Our Board Members
Our board consists of members in our community who want to supports Speak Up's mission to reduce the stigma around mental health while bringing suicide prevention, awareness and education to the youth.
Dr. Karen Arkin
Dr. Steve Arkin
How to apply to be a board member: Contact us and provide us with an email on what you are currenlty doing to raise awareness or what ideas or suggestions you may have along with the request to join the board.