This year marked the 10th Anniversary of SPEAK Week. Since 2012, the Brighton Youth Commission (BYC) has planned SPEAK Week to promote awareness about mental health and break down stigmas surrounding it. Colorado is eighth in the nation for the number of youth suicides, and the Brighton community has felt the impact of this statistic personally and profoundly with the 2011 death of Joshua Dillon, a Brighton High senior.
SPEAK has grown each subsequent year, both in the week's activities, number of schools involved, and especially the 5k Walk that completes the week's events. Additionally, SPEAK has greatly impacted the way our school district addresses teen mental health and suicide awareness. We are excited to continue this annual event and make a difference in our community.
The virtual booklet includes speak schedule, warning signs of suicide, mental health resources and inspirational messages.
I am reaching out to you on behalf of all teens who feel misunderstood, isolated, and lost.
It's hard for us to reach out to you and other adults in our lives because we feel like you might judge us, or invalidate the way we feel.
We would like to feel more comfortable with reaching out, but that would require a little help from you. We need you to watch the video attached below. It was made to help adults understand life from our point of view, and what you can do to support us.
I hope you take this step to potentially save a life. We are counting on you!
Thank you so much,
A teen in your life.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our SPEAK Week events and joined us for our SPEAK Walk at Carmichael Park. As well as a special thanks to those who helped us in the planning and details of the week to make 2021 SPEAK Week a success. The year 2020 was a difficult one for all of us and we are so grateful we were able to continue with our annual SPEAK Week and SPEAK Walk. We want everyone to know that even though we've been apart this past year you are not alone. We can't wait to see you again next year in our journey to save lives.
And a very special thanks to all of our sponsors!
The Brighton Youth Commission is always accepting donations to help support our projects and help us continue to build leadership skills and create a larger impact on the community.
Please contact us regarding a variety of ways you may be able to donate your time or resources.