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If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, please call the 24/7 Crisis Services of North Alabama HELPline at 256-716-1000, or the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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. The SPEAK program is working to change those statistics.

SPEAK—Suicide. Prevention. Empowerment. Awareness. Knowledge.—addresses the increasing incidence of suicide and raises awareness about mental illness. Established by the Foundation in 2016 in partnership with area mental health organizations and school systems, SPEAK provides resources and education through annual trainings and more.

You can help provide awareness and resources to teenagers struggling in our community!
Click here to give, and designate your gift to SPEAK.

SPEAK by the numbers ...




School Health Professional Conference attendees


students received suicide intervention training


K-12 teachers and faculty trained

For information regarding how to donate or volunteer for the SPEAK program, contact HHF SPEAK Coordinator Anna Manning at (256) 541-5131 or send an email.

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
“This program has truly made me want to go into clinical social work even more. I am so grateful for SPEAK and the opportunity to better my school community.”
Christina Stone, SPEAK student Ambassador, Madison County Virtual Academy