About Speak Free

Our mission is to create a safe space in which people feel encouraged and empowered to share stories from their mental health journeys in hopes of fostering a greater sense of awareness and validation from the community.

Speak Free Committee Members:

Our committee members are made up of Ellington Youth Services employees and individuals in the community. We all have a personal connection with mental health and understand how difficult the journey can be. But we have high hopes that sharing stories will empower and bring awareness that you are not alone.


  • Kayla Condron



  • Ali Larew



  • Jess Maitland



  • Leah Mangold

leah smiling during a podcast session


  • Diane Lasher-Penti, LMFT


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