Community Involvement



  • May 6th, 2017-Out of the Darkness walk-Speak Up will be present at the walk along with Co-Founders and board members. 


  • April 30th, 2016-Congregation Beth Torah Bagel Walk 'n Talk 
    • Join us for the inaugural Bagel Walk 'n Talk and choose between a 1 mile walk or a 5K on the trails behind CBT - all ages and stages are welcome. Invite your friends and family to walk with you! If you track your daily steps, you will record approximately 6,500 steps all before 9:30am! Visit the SPEAK UP booth to learn more about our beneficiary.
  • April 22nd, 2017-Seven Days
    • Following the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of caring individuals decided that we, as a community, have the power to outshine and overcome such senseless acts of hate. SevenDays® is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across race, religion and culture. Through a variety of events hosted each day of SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World you will be engaged, enriched and enlightened. Join us in our mission to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and overcome evil with acts of kindness.


  • April 1st, 2017-BBYO International Convention-Guest speakers Co-Founder Steve Arkin and board member Jennifer Levinson


  • March 8th, 2017-Nexus Church-Teen Night-Guest speakers Co-Founder Allie Doss and board member Jennifer Levinson


  • February 16, 2017-May 4, 20176:30 pm Resurrection Leawood Every Thursday night Registration Required -
    • A free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. This group not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you'll also find out that you're not alone. Advance registration required. No cost.


  • July 21-22, 2016 – Columbia, MO- Missouri Department of Mental Health has this conference open to the public


  • August 28th, 2016 Day of Discovery -Explore the Joy of Jewish Learning in KC 9:30 AM Its ok to talk about it panel discussion at the Jewish Community Campus


  • August 31st, 2016- Karen and Allie present at Desoto Church

Mental Health and Stigma Interview-Steve Arkin

Steve speaks out on suicide prevention, the foundation and on the passing of his son Jason due to suicide caused by depression, the stigma of mental illness and efforts to reach-out to individuals and families impacted by this often misunderstood disease.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Steven Arkin- “Transforming the Stigma of Mental Illness”

Published on Mar 5, 2016 Filmed at Kansas city Oasis Sunday, February 28th, 2016 "Transforming the Stigma of Mental Illness" Steven Arkin is a staff neurologist with Saint Luke’s Health System. He was born in Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He completed his internship at Northwestern University, and his residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa. His areas of interest include neuromuscular disorders, stroke, migraines and concussion. Steve has lived in the Kansas City area since 1994. He is married to Karen, also a neurologist at Saint Luke’s. They have a 20-year-old daughter, Jennifer. Steve and Karen lost their son, Jason, to suicide in May 2015. Jason was a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in electrical engineering. Steve will speak to the effects of mental illness from the viewpoint of both a parent and a medical professional. He will address some of the facts regarding the prevalence of mental illness and ways to counteract the stigma, with the ultimate goal of raising awareness and reducing the potential endpoint of fatality.