One out of five youth have a mental illness or substance use disorder. Stigma and discrimination can have a devastating effect on them. They are our friends, family, fellow students, co-workers, and neighbors. The good news is people can and do recover from mental illness and substance use disorders and lead satisfying productive lives. If you are living with a mental illness, know someone who is, or just want to help, take our pledge to help end stigma.
Our School pledges to create a safe and welcoming environment for students and parents who have behavioral health challenges.
• I commit myself to ending stigma towards youth or adults who have a mental illness or substance use disorder by educating myself and others about these disorders.
• I will not ridicule those with a mental illnesses or substance use disorder.
• I will not use stigmatizing language like “psycho”, “mental”, “schizo” to refer to anyone whether that person has an illness or not.
• If someone tells me they are having suicidal thoughts, I will take this seriously and make sure they get the help they need.
• I realize that a mental illness or a substance use disorder is only a PART of who the person is, but it doesn’t completely define him/her. I will not judge people by their diagnosis but by who they are as a whole person.
• I know that caring friends can make all the difference in a person’s recovery, so I pledge to support others who have or develop a disorder such as anxiety or depression.
Please sign our pledge!
These are the 2576 people who have signed our pledge…
|Mary-Almah Davis||Pittsburgh||PA||The Ellis School|
|Elias Tew||Pittsburgh||PA||Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 Magnet|
|Angie Lusk||Pittsburgh||PA||Carnegie Mellon University|
|shawn dugan||West Allegheny High School|
|mia Puraty-smith||West Allegheny High School|
|lizzy grubbs||West Allegheny High School|
|savanah legnine||West Allegheny High School|
|josh mangold||West Allegheny High School|
|zach defabbo||West Allegheny High School|
|Jackson Faulk||West Allegheny High School|
|Declan Freed||West Allegheny High School|
|brady holeva||West Allegheny High School|
|luke lambert||West Allegheny High School|
|makayla mascellino||West Allegheny High School|
|sylvia donahue||West Allegheny High School|
|jr bates||West Allegheny High School|
|audra cook||West Allegheny High School|
|morgan shansky||West Allegheny High School|
|Hannah Schook||West Allegheny High School|
|Rebecca Miller||West Allegheny High School|
|ana schang||West Allegheny High School|
|Laura Croco||West Allegheny High School|
|wade gunderson||West Allegheny High School|
|paige warhola||oakdale||PA||West Allegheny High School|
|abbey layden||West Allegheny High School|
|gabby burke||West Allegheny High School|
|Loren Perry||West Allegheny High School|
|Roman Votour||West Allegheny High School|
|Bella Maltony||West Allegheny HS|
|Andy Barry||West Allegheny HS|
|Khasan Abdurakhimov||West Allegheny HS|
|Keegan Hitchings||West Allegheny HS|
|Kenzie Hammers||West Allegheny HS|
|Emily Mikoloski||West Allegheny HS|
|Paige Warhola||West Allegheny HS|
|Jesslynn Dunlap||West Allegheny HS|
|Diana Hannah||West Allegheny HS|
|Kenzie Walters||West Allegheny HS|
|Mikayla Tomcik||West Allegheny HS|
|Alyssa Conn||West Allegheny HS|
|Olivia Thompson||West Allegheny HS|
|Sophia Weber||West Allegheny HS|
|Kaylah Fraizer||West Allegheny HS|
|Samantha Kyle||West Allegheny HS|
|Zach Stahdahar||West Allegheny HS|
|Dylan Grass||West Allegheny HS|
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