• If you are considering suicide or harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Hotline number -  1-800-273-8255 - it is available 24 hours everyday.

  • or Text "TALK" to 741741 if you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you.



An organization determined to prevent teen suicide by funding innovative programs and initiatives, support those left behind in the aftermath of suicide and continue to honor the life and legacy of Chad Nathan Harrell.



Help us make a difference! Checks made payable to KTSA can be mailed to:

Keep The Spark Alive Foundation

12525 Grand Avenue

Kansas City, MO  64145



Keep the Spark Alive's Impact on our Community

Keep the Spark Alive has taught our school community that through tragedy, we have a moral imperative to take action. The resources, leadership, and guidance that this organization has provided for the Blue Valley District has been instrumental in helping break the stigma of mental illness and suicide prevention. 

With the Foundation’s funding, our staff will continue to receive essential professional development aimed at helping our students’ social and emotional needs with ASIST training.  We have received many stories from families and educators regarding the effectiveness of the BV curriculum and we are excited about the Sources of Strength program that will undoubtedly make a significant impact within our school. 

It has been an honor to work alongside the Harrells to eradicate the epidemic of teen suicide and we, as a school community, are indebted to their courageous leadership as KTSA continues to impact countless students for years to come.

Dr. Tyson Ostroski, Principal

Blue Valley North High School

The Harrells have provided our community, teachers, staff and families healing by sharing their story of the loss of their son, Chad, presenting to the Blue Valley School District Social Workers as well as to the Blue Valley North family.  This has been so important because it has offered healing, and the realization of the impact that one suicide has on a community at large.

Lisa Summers, Social Worker

Blue Valley North High School


“We grieve so deeply because we love so deeply.” #notonemore


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Kansas City, MO, USA


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