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6th Annual Virtual Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference Creates a Safe Haven for Students, Parents and Educators to Save Lives

This year, on February 1, 2022, thousands of people will gather virtually for the 6and Annual conference Speak Up, Stand up, Save a Life to learn more about the tools they can use to tackle issues facing young people today, including bullying, teen suicide, mental health and addiction.

Since a good “connection” can have a positive, life-changing impact on a student in crisis, Connections is the theme of this year’s conference.

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The global pandemic has been particularly difficult for students who previously felt isolated, depressed and disconnected.

Speak up, stand up, save a life Executive Director Annie Middlemist said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to students, educators and parents. With the in-between events exacerbating the issues children face, conferencing remains an essential approach for students to identify when a peer is in crisis and identify a trusted adult to involve. Students’ ability to bond with trusted peers and adults is directly linked to their physical, emotional and academic health. »

By helping to identify solutions to these pressing issues, students from across Arizona will come together for this critical virtual conference to speak out, stand up, and save lives. Now in its sixth year, the conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and will inspire participants to create lasting ways to address bullying, depression and suicide in their schools.

The conference is free through partnerships and donations, and is open to all Arizona schools, students, and parents. For more information or to register, visit the website

In January 2021, the Speak, stand up, save a life The conference was virtually attended by more than 10,000 people, including K-12 students, teachers, counselors, community leaders and law enforcement officials, all committed to helping students. learn the universal warning signs that a classmate may be in crisis and connect them with the necessary resources.

The conference agenda will feature dynamic speakers and age-appropriate topics with interactive breakout sessions designed to connect students with mental health professionals who will engage, educate and inspire lasting change. .

Through the Connections theme, K-12 students, teachers, parents, as well as law enforcement and government officials will be treated to one-on-one breakout sessions for each group in order to learn how to become student ambassadors and trusted adults ready to respond to students in crisis.

According to Dr Lily Matos DeBlieuxand Gina Godbeici, conference co-founders, “We want every student, teacher, and parent in Arizona to participate in this day and carry on the work through college clubs and organizations. Our young people are the future and deserve to live healthy living It is imperative that they learn the universal warning signs that a classmate may be in crisis and understand the importance of making “connections” and communicating with trusted adults in these difficult times.”

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The organization and annual conference inspires students to speak up, stand up, and save a life with an emphasis on peer intervention and reporting: if a student is in trouble, another student must step in and talk to a trusted adult. It also aims to dispel the stigma of being a “snitch” or a “tattletale” by informing students that reporting the warning signs can often prevent school tragedies. By changing their minds, the conference empowers students to make a difference and take action that could save another student’s life.

The Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life movement bridges the gap between our local community, government and law enforcement in a positive way. The conference team is made up of representatives from four sectors (government, education, business and non-profit) as well as members of local police departments, teachers, parents and student leaders, all brought together to tackle the real problems facing our schools.

Anyone can propel this movement forward by using #SpeakStandSave on social networks. For more information or to register for the conference, visit the website at

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Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux and students and staff attending the Stand Up, Speak Out, Save a Life conference. Photo courtesy of Pendergast Elementary School District