About Us

Mental Health Awareness

Hear Me Now is a nonprofit that has improved mental health awareness in school districts all around Rochester, NY! Learn about us below.

About Us

We have provided new resources for students in several schools and are working on expanding our reach through increased advocacy.

About Our Projects

We currently have two big projects underway; a documentary called Hear Me Now: Let's Talk and a fun run fundraising event to take place late spring 2020!

Meet The Team

Madeline Beikirch

Girl leaning against brick wall and smiling

I'm Maddy, one of the founders of HMN. I'm a senior in high school. and next year, I will be heading to college to study neuroscience! 


I started HMN because I noticed that there weren't enough resources in my school for kids who are struggling. Students spend a lot of time in school, and I want to make sure that they have the necessary resources for their mental health.


I began to notice the lack of proper resources in sophomore year, but I really started to notice in junior year when I spent time in the inpatient and partial hospitalization program at Strong. I am so grateful for the support I received from my friends and family and I have been doing much better this past year.

I want to make sure that every student in every school has the necessary resources for their mental health,  no matter what the situation is.


I'm really looking forward to the release of our documentary! I can't wait to see the impact of this film.

Blake Cabrera

Boy sitting on rock in front of river

I'm Blake, and I'm one of the founders of HMN. I am a senior in high school and plan on studying political science in college next year.


I became involved with HMN because I wanted to hold schools accountable for the students well-being. I saw that there wasn't a main focus on mental health and as I have experienced mental illness and had many friends who have struggled, I strongly believe that it is a priority. 


I am looking forward to sharing the documentary with others and being a part of the discussion surrounding it.

Regan Ritzler

Girl in black and white smiling

My name is Regan; I am another founder of HMN! I am a senior in high school, and plan on going to college to study psychology. My hopes are to attend Southeastern University in Florida!


I am a co-founder of Hear Me Now, and I am super grateful that our project has grown so much. 


The main reason I am part of HMN is to bring mental health awareness to our school community, and help others understand they are not alone.


I live with major depression disorder, and social anxiety disorder. I have been through partial hospitalization, and spent time at the psychiatric inpatient programs at Strong Memorial Hospital. I now go to outpatient therapy once a week. 


Now, gratefully in a better place than I was before, I have the growing desire to help others through what I have been through, and extend a hand to those in need. 


I am most excited for the HMN Community Fundraising Walk we are planning! I am looking forward to getting the community together as one, and raise funds for Strong Memorials' CPEP area. 

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