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The First Annual Youth Mental Health Summit

Co-Founder and President of Speaks 2 Inspire, Abraham Sculley and his team have pioneered an organization designed to walk alongside youth in their need for mental health support.


If you haven’t heard, the mental health crisis among teens is outrageous. Anxiety, depression, and suicide among youth ages 11-18 is a rising epidemic. Speaks 2 Inspire is leading the way in building awareness around positive solutions.

Storytelling Solutions of America (SSA) proudly announces the
inaugural Inspired Minds Summit 2024, a pioneering event dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and resilience among teenagers in Northwest Florida.

SSA’s mission is to empower youth to share their stories and access mental health care through the art and skill of public speaking. The summit will take place on Friday, July 19, 2024, from 9 AM to 2 PM CST at the Gateway Church of Christ, 445 Creighton Rd, Pensacola, FL 32504.

A recent Florida Substance Abuse Survey revealed that 48% of Escambia teens often feel they “are no good at all,” and 54% have felt depressed or sad most days in the past year. The Inspired Minds Summit aims to create a safe and supportive environment where teenagers can share their stories, learn valuable mental health tools, and build resilience.

Event Highlights:

● Inspiring Keynote Speakers: Including Reese Butler, founder of the National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE, featured on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, the NY Times, Washington Post, and Rolling Stone magazine.

● Youth Storytellers: SSA’s Youth Storytellers will share their mental health journeys to inspire their peers.

● Dynamic Breakout Sessions: Covering various topics related to mental health and well-being.

● Live Interviews and Performances

● Vendor Scavenger Hunt

● Inspired Minds Mural Reveal: A project where teens collaborated with a local artist to promote youth mental health.

Fundraising Event: “Bingo for Inspired Minds”

SSA will also host a special fundraiser, “Bingo for Inspired Minds,” on the evening of Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST at the Studer Community Institute.

This event will bring together business leaders, sponsors, community members, and parents for an evening of bingo, networking, inspiring speakers, and engaging activities to raise funds for the summit.

Special guests include Blab TV’s Host, Sonshine, and David Magee, author of the national bestseller, Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss.

For more information and to register, visit https://ssasummit.org/.

About Storytelling Solutions of America

Storytelling Solutions of America is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting youth through storytelling, advocacy, and education. SSA is a launching pad for teaching youth to share their story and access mental health care through the art and skill of public speaking.


Media Contacts:
Abraham Sculley
Co-Founder and President
Storytelling Solutions of America

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Makenna Curtis is a Pensacola local with a BIG heart for her hometown. Motherhood, storytelling, helping others, and celebrating the small things in life are just a few of her favorite things. Makenna graduated the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and Advertising in 2017. Her passion for living life to the fullest and connecting with others makes having a conversation or reading her work easy!