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OUR STORY

OUR STORY

Last Letter Project is a Northeast Ohio based non-profit focused on a community oriented approach to mental health treatment and addiction recovery, but our roots are in the music scene.  

 

Last Letter Project started out with Jaclyn Wright and Jon and Michelle Zeit working together to book the first Speedbump Fest after Garrett Janos’ tragic death by suicide in 2015. Garrett was an avid participant in the Northeast Ohio music scene, playing drums as a founding member in Rabid Reason, the band that opens this compilation. More than that, he was a good friend and is as sorely missed now as he was five years ago when the grief was fresh. 

Last Letter Project took shape out of the amorphous blob of the inaugural Speedbump Fest. We’ve experienced tremendous growth since then, not the least of which being the expansion of our team from its original three-member cadre to the current family of seven, and an innumerable army of volunteers. We’ve also partnered with Project Dawn to provide narcan training in our community. In 2018 we launched another outreach program called Time Out Tuesday; a monthly event that is geared toward giving people time off from their hectic schedules to unwind and explore strategies of coping with everyday mental health issues.

Though we’re always evolving to meet the needs of the community, our mission remains unchanged: to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health treatment and addiction recovery by sharing resources and opening dialogue with anyone who needs it. The stigma surrounding these issues, the pressures to ignore the problem and continue on as if nothing is wrong, have cost the world too many people. It’s okay to not be okay!

SPEEDBUMP FEST

Speedbump Fest 8 2023

Speedbump Fest is a chance for the community to come together and remember the friends we’ve lost, and to celebrate their lives. Each year we feature local and national bands, and a raffle showcasing local businesses and artists. Portions of the proceeds from the event are donated to organizations dedicated to helping people overcome mental illness and addiction.

 

Last Letter Project presents
Speedbump Fest 2023
October 7, 2023
8PM
$10
Goosed
Spike Pit
Wallcreeper
Bridesmaid
ALBUM

We will be having our annual raffle to raise funds for mental health services in the Akron area. More details coming soon! 

See you in October!

SPEEDBUMP FEST
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WHY WE'RE DOING THIS

Our mission is to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues and addiction recovery. The two often go hand in hand and the stigma surrounding both is an immense hurdle for people to overcome without proper resources, especially in communities where those resources are scarce or unknown to its citizens. Portions of the proceeds of our events are donated to these great organizations such as United Way, Project D.A.W.N., Portage Path Behavioral Health, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, and Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.

Many of these organizations offer a number of programs, including dual diagnosis services engineered to offer quality care to people affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. Given the number of people we’ve seen gobbled up by that two-headed monster, dual diagnosis care is near and dear to our hearts.

 

View our resources page for more information on where you can find help!

TIME OUT TUESDAY

Though currently on hiatus, Time Out Tuesday is an event hosted by Last Letter Project. The idea is to take some time out from a hectic schedule to unwind and find new strategies of coping with mental health issues.  We’ve covered holiday stress management, meditation, therapy animals, art therapy and more, pairing each educational presentation with an activity or craft.

Click here for our Youtube Channel or Facebook to see some previous virtual Time Out Tuesdays!

Time Out Tuesday Mental Health Akron Ohio
TIME OUT TUESDAY
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