PHOENIX — More than 3,500 Valley students came together Tuesday in an effort to stop teen suicide. The local movement is called "Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life." 

One of the most powerful takeaways for the teens who participated in the conference is to learn how to connect with their friends and classmates, so they can be supportive when they're struggling with things like thoughts of suicide and/or depression. 

The Grand Canyon University Arena was filled with Valley teens who came together to learn how to take matters into their own hands. The conference is especially important as teen suicide rates continue to rise nationwide. 

The students represented more than 150 schools and 50 school districts across Arizona. Research from "Speak, Stand, Save," shows that more than 380,000 students will be impacted following Tuesday's efforts. 

The event was free thanks to partnerships and donations. And it was open to all Arizona schools. 

For details on how to get involved, click here.

If you or a loved one struggle with suicidal thoughts and depression, you are not alone. Here are a few free resources available to you 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Arizona Teen Lifeline: 1-800-428-8336
EMPACT Survivors of suicide: 1-866-205-5229