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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Brighton Youth Commission S.P.E.A.K Week May 1-5

The Brighton Youth Commission (BYC) will host their sixth annual S.P.E.A.K. (Suicide Prevention, Education, Awareness, and Knowledge) Week May 1-5.

 

S.P.E.A.K. Week is a youth-led, youth-driven initiative that has experienced tremendous growth and success each year since its inception. The initiative was created in response to the death of a dear friend and classmate, Joshua Dillon. During past S.P.E.A.K. Weeks, several students have sought mental health counseling after participating in the week and discussing the importance of mental health care.

The weeklong suicide and awareness education program takes place in local School District 27J schools and will culminate with a 5K Walk beginning at 7:15 p.m., Friday, May 5, in Carmichael Park. For their sixth year, the Brighton Youth Commission has decided to shake things up for the 5k. This year's theme will feature paper lanterns at an evening walk so you can spread your light in a time of darkness. Registration will open at 5 p.m. so attendees can decorate their lanterns beforehand while also enjoying local entertainment and conclude with a closing ceremony at 8:45 p.m.

Full Schedule

5-6:45 p.m.: Registration
5-7:15 p.m.: Entertainment
7:15 p.m.: Start walk
8:30 p.m.: End walk
8:30-8:45 p.m.: Closing ceremony

The walk helps bring awareness to the severity of teen suicide while also working to educate the community and break down the stigmas which surround mental illness. The $15 registration fee provides walkers with a lantern, commemorative t-shirt, coupon book and event bag. For more information or to register, visit www.brightonyouthcommission.org/speak.

The Brighton Youth Commission S.P.E.A.K partners include School District 27J, Anythink Library. S.P.E.A.K. activities will be funding by a grant awarded by the Brighton Lodging Tax Committee and through sponsorships from gracious local sponsors.

This year, Denver award winning advertising agency Cactus reached out to the Brighton Youth Commission to create a generous in-kind logo donation.

About Cactus

Cactus helps the brands that help people thrive. A full-service marketing communications agency, Cactus delivers brand impact for companies and causes through data-driven strategies, advertising, design, interactive, digital and integrated media services. With health as one of the agency’s three main areas of focus, Cactus partners with brands that build healthier minds, healthier bodies and a healthier community. The agency has been nationally recognized for its innovative work by The One Show, Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, SXSW, Favourite Website Awards, Advertising Age, Creativity and Print’s Regional Design Annual, among others. For more information, visit www.cactusdenver.com.

For more information, contact Tawnya Bockman-Russell 303-655-2123 or trussell@brightonco.gov .

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