Coming this fall to a school near you:

Depending on the school’s needs, the estimated cost of the program is $1,500 - $2,500 per school. Your donation is helping SPEAK UP and the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition to bring these and other critical resources to our community’s youth.

With funds raised last year, Speak Up will be helping over 10,000 kids this coming school year.

List of schools participating in the teen mental health campaign:
Blue Springs High School 
Blue Springs South High School 
Freshman Center 
Valley View High School 
Brittany Hill Middle School 
Delta Woods Middle School 
Moreland Ridge Middle School
Paul Kinder Middle School 
Blue Valley West 
Blue Valley Northwest 
Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy 
University Academy 
Olathe East High School 
Pioneer Trail Middle School

It's amazing the impact we will be able to have in our community but we couldn't have done it without each and every one of our walkers, volunteers, sponsors, and donors. Thank you for your support and dedication to ending the stigma around mental health.

Please join us this year! Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of the community and our youth. If you can't make the walk, please consider making a donation to Speak Up so that we can continue our fight to help another family; another child; another friend from losing someone they love.

Community Involvement

  • Feb. 11, 2018, 6:20 - 8:00p:  Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church peer ministry program  SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Oct. 4, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00p: Blue Springs South High School Community Mental Health Advocacy Night - YOU BE YOU & SPEAK UP presented by Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Oct. 20, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30-: : Pleasant Hill Middle School, SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Oct. 25, 2017, 6:45 - 5:45p: Congregation Beth Torah TAG 7th-10th graders , SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation   presented by  Board Member/ Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Oct. 28, 2017 11:00: BBYO @ Excelsior Springs SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation   presented by  Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Nov. 2, 2017 6:00 -8:00p: Pleasant Hill High School, Parent Suicide Awareness
  • SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation   presented by  Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Nov. 14, 2017 6:30 - 8:00p: Blue Springs Police Department & Public Safety Advisory Board open forum, SPEAK UP  presented by  Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • Nov. 15, 2017, 6:45 - 5:45p: Congregation Beth Torah TAG parents  SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation   presented by  Board Member / Community Outreach Facilitator: Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • September 15, 2017: Pleasant Hill High School, SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by board member Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed 
  • September 13, 2017:  NAMI on Campus UMKC, SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by Co-Founder Steve Arkin
  • September 12, 2017:  Pembroke Hill School , SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by board member Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • August 28, 2017: Carl Giammarese, Dr. Steve Arkin, Patricia “Sunny” Summerland of GLOW & More
  • August 7, 2017:  Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City , SPEAK UP: Starting the Conversation presented by board member Jennifer Levinson, MS.Ed
  • July 22, 2017-1st Annual “BIPSIC”  Golf Tournament in Memory of  Steve Fetterling Benefiting “Wounded Warrior Project” & “Speak up Foundation”
    • 4 person Scramble, Entry Fee $400.00/team Registration Deadline 7/10/17 8:00 AM Shotgun continental breakfast, prizes & drinks Minor Park Golf Course 11215 Holmes Road Kansas City, Mo 64131 GM- Chris Buescher 816.942.4033
  • June 24, 2017-Flippin Sweet Suicide Prevention Memorial Disc Golf Tournament Speak Up will be at the tournament. Come out and see us. 
  • 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.

www.wrjn.com/episode/steve-arkin-co-founder-the-speak-up-foundation/

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.