The Brighton Youth Commission will be hosting its ninth annual SPEAK Week at the end of April. SPEAK (Suicide Prevention, Education, Awareness, and Knowledge) Week is designed to promote awareness in the community and among their peers about the warning signs of suicide, and awareness of local resources for those who are struggling.
This year, SPEAK Week will take place from April 27 to May 2, with all activities provided online and through social media and open to the entire community. Mental health and self-care is more important now more than ever due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone can participate in the following activities. All activities were designed to highlight protective factors that can support a person’s mental health and with social distancing in mind. Here is the general schedule of what to expect:
Monday, April 27 - the Brighton Youth Commission has partnered with Pennock Center for Counseling to offer a free, online QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training at 1 p.m. for the community. This training will equip attendees with techniques and tools on how to manage a crisis situation. To join the training at 1 p.m.: visit https://zoom.us/j/96401695604
Tuesday, April 28 - The community is encouraged to go outside and inspire others. Using either sidewalk chalk or painted rocks, participants can leave their inspirational mark in the community for others to find. Everyone is encouraged to submit their art work to be entered to win a giveaway. Follow BYC’s Facebook page for more information.
Wednesday, April 29 - “Socially Connected Bingo” will be available to encourage participants the importance of staying connected to those around them, especially during tough times. Visit www.brightonyouthcommission.org to download your Bingo sheet on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 30 - The Brighton Youth Commission has partnered with local businesses to provide engaging online classes that are free and available to the public. Visit www.brightonyouthcommission.org to learn more.
Friday, May 1 - Everyone will be asked to wear yellow. This color symbolizes that as a community we together in preventing suicide and breaking down the stigmas of mental health. Additionally, SPEAK resource booklets will be available online at the youth commission website and on their facebook page. Booklets include: warning signs of suicide, mental health resources, inspirational messages, as well as coupons for local businesses in Brighton.
All week - The Brighton Youth Commission will be active on all of their social media accounts, engaging others through challenges, inspirational messages, and sharing stories.
Typically the week concludes with a 5K Walk. This year, the annual 5K walk will be held virtually on Saturday, May 2, in which everyone is encouraged to participate. Participants are asked to participate in their own 5K walk or run in their neighborhood, while practicing safe social distancing, and share pictures or results of their adventure with the youth commission.
Registration for the walk is now open! The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students. The registration fee provides participants with a swag bag, which will be mailed out later in May. Participants can register online at www.speak5k.org.
SPEAK Week is a youth-led, youth-driven initiative that started in response to the death of a dear friend and classmate, Joshua Dillon. For more information about SPEAK Week, the SPEAK Walk, or how you can be involved, visit www.brightonyouthcommission.org or contact Youth Services Manager Tawnya Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.