Inspiration

The skill is inspired by Cameron Gallagher, the daughter of our close friend. Cameron’s dream was to create a 5k race in our community to raise awareness for teenage depression. Cameron planned for her race to be named the SpeakUp5k to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to speak up about their personal battles.

Before her SpeakUp5k could launch, sixteen-year-old Cameron passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition after crossing the finish line of a half-marathon. During the race, she was struggling with cramps —but told her best friend and running partner “let’s finish this.” The CKG Foundation carries this message forward in her honor — and so does this Alexa skill.

What it does

  • The SpeakUp skill is designed to create awareness for teenage depression.
  • To get centered, you can ask for a Moment of Mindfulness
  • To be inspired, you can ask for a quote
  • To smile, you can say play Cameron’s Song
  • To learn about the CKG foundation, you can say learn more
  • The skill is now enhanced to support the Echo Show and Spot

How we built it

  • The skill is for the CKG Foundation that supports free programs for teenage depression
  • The skill uses AWS Lambda and S3 to deliver the audio and video responses
  • The skill is updated to support video content for the Echo Show and Spot
  • The skill uses the “list” feature for Moments of Mindfulness so users can select their favorite

What's next for Speak Up!

Amazon Alexa is introducing the ability for users to directly contribute to a charity. Next steps for this Alexa skill includes exploring the different Alexa models to connect users with the opportunity to support the CKG foundation.

1 in 4 teenagers suffer from mental illness. Help begins when we SpeakUp. Start the conversation.

Mental illness does not discriminate, it is not a choice, and it is rampant among teenagers. The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation is a beacon of hope for those who are affected by teenage mental illness. CKG helps to empower teens and their families to proactively take care of their mental health, and to seek help when they need it.

Alexa, Speak Up!

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