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SPEAK Program

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Alabama children ages 10-14; and the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24. Yet, 90 percent of young people who made a suicide attempt have a treatable psychiatric disorder.

What is SPEAK?
SPEAK – Suicide. Prevention. Empowerment. Awareness. Knowledge. – was established to address the increasing incidence of suicide in our community and increase awareness about mental illness. SPEAK provides resources on topics such as suicide, feelings, self-esteem, bullying, depression, anxiety and social media through the SPEAK North Alabama app and other initiatives.

SPEAK Student Ambassadors
SPEAK ambassadors promote awareness and education about suicide and suicide prevention in their schools. Ambassadors in grades 10, 11 and 12 represent every public and private high school in Madison County. The students assist with marketing of the SPEAK program, organize awareness initiatives, and serve as liaisons between the SPEAK staff and their schools.

SPEAK program features:

  • Classroom training for students in grades 8 and 10 (Huntsville City and Madison County Schools), and grades 7 and 10 (Madison City Schools)
  • Suicide awareness and prevention training for all K-12 teachers
  • An annual conference for school health professionals
  • Parent town hall meetings
  • Continuing education seminars for pediatricians and family physicians

The Jason Flatt Act, passed by the State of Alabama Legislature in May 2016, requires all Alabama teachers to receive annual training in youth suicide awareness and prevention in order to maintain certification. The SPEAK task force has pledged to provide this training to all teachers in Madison County, at no charge.


For more information, contact: Anna Manning, SPEAK Coordinator, Huntsville Hospital Foundation
(256) 541-5131 •

SPEAK is funded by the generosity of Huntsville Hospital Foundation donors

Download the SPEAK North Alabama app today for resources!


SPEAK is a collaborative project of Huntsville Hospital Foundation ▪ Huntsville Hospital ▪ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ▪ Bradford Health Services ▪ Crisis Services of North Alabama ▪ Decatur-Morgan West Behavioral Medical Center ▪ Enrichment Center ▪ Huntsville City Schools ▪ Little Orange Fish ▪ Madison City Schools ▪ Madison County Schools ▪ National Alliance on Mental Illness/North Alabama ▪ National Children’s Advocacy Center ▪ Not One More Alabama ▪ Nova Center for Youth & Family ▪ The Caring House ▪ University of Alabama in Huntsville ▪ Wellstone Behavioral Health

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