By Danyelle Borish / May 20, 2019

S. Allegheny MS Sends Stigma Spinning

The Stand Together team at South Allegheny Middle School decided to tackle the stigma around mental health for their first...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 17, 2019

Woody High: Rise Up!

Woodland Hills High School rose to the challenge in their first year in Stand Together. After participating in the two-day training, these...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 9, 2019

SVMS: A Full Year of Photos, Basketball, & Fun

Steel Valley Middle School is another veteran Stand Together team that continues to excel above and beyond every year. Sports...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 1, 2019

SAHS Tackles Stigma, One Leaf at a Time

Shaler Area High School definitely took it up a notch this year with meaningful, intimate activities that promoted awareness, social...

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By Danyelle Borish / April 30, 2019

WMAHS is Back! Year 6 was Bigger & Better than Ever!

West Mifflin Area High School is the other school in our program that has participated all six years of its...

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By Danyelle Borish / April 16, 2019

It’s Time to Recognize! ST Teams 2019

Every year this is always the most difficult blog to write because I don’t know where to begin to describe...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 27, 2019

Propel BHHS: Stigma is Sour-Support is Sweet

Stigma is Sour-Support is Sweet! This is the motto echoing in the halls of Propel Braddock Hills High School after...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 25, 2019

Avonworth Antelopes are Attacking Stigma-One Activity at a Time

Avonworth Senior High School leaped into its first year with Stand Together with a lot of energy, fun ideas, and...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 21, 2019

South Park: Holidays are for Mental Health Awareness

South Park High School used holidays to their advantage their first year in Stand Together, planning events around less busy...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 6, 2019

WHHS Wolverines Are Working to End Stigma

Woodland Hills High School joined Stand Together for the first time this year. Their new principal, Dr. Woods, was previously...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 5, 2019

CAPA’s got ‘The Real Tea’ about Mental & Substance Use Disorders

The Stand Together team at CAPA high school hosted their second event after kicking off the year with in-class student...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 1, 2019

SciTech: Staff, Students, & Social Inclusion

The two-hour delay on Feb. 25 didn’t stop the SciTech team from implementing their informational ‘room hop.’ In this activity,...

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By Danyelle Borish / February 27, 2019

Shaler MS ‘Bands Together’ Against Stigma

You know how much we like our puns! And we know that fun slogans get students interested and help them remember...

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By Danyelle Borish / February 14, 2019

W. Allegheny Connects with Staff with Snacks & Conversation

Students at West Allegheny High School held a staff-student activity last week to form relationships with the teachers, faculty, and...

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By Danyelle Borish / February 11, 2019

Linton MS: Snacks Against Stigma

Linton Middle School in Penn Hills returns for its second year. Lead by advisor, Ms. Olivis, the team was so...

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By Danyelle Borish / February 6, 2019

Montour HS ‘Pops’ Stigma: Using Popcorn to Start the Conversation

Montour High School didn’t let the polar vortex freeze away their enthusiasm! Monday morning, the halls and cafeteria were filled...

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By Danyelle Borish / February 1, 2019

Propel BHHS Mixing Up Year Six

Propel: Braddock Hills High School is our other school that has been in the program all six years and each...

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By Danyelle Borish / January 9, 2019

Oakland Catholic Eagles Eliminate Stigma

Oakland Catholic is our first private high school and we are so excited to have this group join us this...

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By Danyelle Borish / January 7, 2019

Shaler MS ‘Bands Together’ Against Stigma

Shaler Area Middle School is joining their high school counterparts in Stand Together this year to take action against stigma....

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By Danyelle Borish / January 4, 2019

CAPA’s Stallions are Stopping Stigma (S3)

The Creative and Performing Arts Academy (PPS) is one of our 10 (!) new schools for this year. And they’re serious...

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By Danyelle Borish / January 3, 2019

SciTech Stops Stigma: One Student, One Staff Member at a time…

The Science & Technology Academy (PPS) has returned for their second year in Stand Together with a core group of...

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By Danyelle Borish / January 2, 2019

Shaler HS Titans Aren’t Afraid to Talk About It!

Shaler Area High School is returning for its second year with Stand Together. We were impressed with the impact of...

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By Danyelle Borish / December 31, 2018

North Allegheny Tigers Talk Truth-Awareness & Inclusion

Another first year school, North Allegheny High School was incredibly impressive. Right off the bat, the students were already aware...

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By Danyelle Borish / December 28, 2018

Flashback Friday: Avonworth Antelopes Leap Into Stand Together

Avonworth High Schools’ interest in Stand Together was many months in the making. After meeting with their SAP team for...

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By Danyelle Borish / December 27, 2018

Throwback Thursday: W. Allegheny Indians Return with Intention & Innovation

This is West Allegheny’s second year in Stand Together and they return with even more excitement and creativity. Although last...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 30, 2018

Flashback Friday: Allderdice HS is BACK-with a Vengeance to FINISH THAT DRAGON!

Allderdice High School (PPS) has returned for their second year to Stand Together-and a devotion to finish one of their...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 21, 2018

PHS Commodores Challenge Stigma, Cultivate Compassion

Perry High School (PPS) joined us for the first time this year. Students had expressed an interest in doing something...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 14, 2018

South Park HS Doesn’t ‘Sleep’ on their Mental Health! #staywoke

South Park High School just completed their first year of Stand Together training! Day 1 consisted of a lot of...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 8, 2018

South Allegheny Junior High – Melting stigma, one hot cocoa at a time!

This year was South Allegheny’s first year in Stand Together. Going into the training, I was already impressed with how...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 6, 2018

SVMS Ironmen Interrupting Stigma

Another veteran school, Steel Valley Middle School, has been with us quite some time and their projects never disappoint. From...

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By Danyelle Borish / November 2, 2018

WMHS: Breaking the Silence-for the Sixth Year!

West Mifflin High School has been with Stand Together from the start and each year they continue to amaze us...

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By Danyelle Borish / October 31, 2018

Speak to Me: Montour HS Talks about Stigma

The first school we had this year for training was Montour High School. Before we even began the training, I...

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By Danyelle Borish / October 12, 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

October 10th was World Mental Health Day. In solidarity, people all over social media posted about their mental health experiences,...

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By Danyelle Borish / September 14, 2018

Suicide Prevention Week-What you need to know…

Suicide affects all of us. 1 in 5 teens seriously consider suicide each year. It tears a hole in our...

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By Danyelle Borish / September 7, 2018

Flashback Friday: Shaler HS Sticks it to Stigma!

This past year was Shaler Area High School’s first year and they did not disappoint-AND they’re bringing their Middle School...

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By Danyelle Borish / August 23, 2018

Throwback Thursday: SVMS: Lots of projects, lots of impact!

Steel Valley Middle School has been in our program for several years and their advisor Ryan always works with the...

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By Danyelle Borish / August 10, 2018

Flashback Friday: Propel MS: #itsokaytonotbeokay

Although it was Propel-Braddock Hills Middle School’s first year in the program, advisors Amand and Danielle really worked hard with...

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By Danyelle Borish / July 20, 2018

Flashback Friday: ECS 2017-2018

We can’t believe summer is halfway over and before we know it, Stand Together will begin again! We’re still catching...

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By Danyelle Borish / July 6, 2018

Allderdice: Mental Health & Stigma Ed. in the Classroom

This was Allderdice’s first year and they decided to bring mental health to the forefront of education: the classroom. Instead...

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By Danyelle Borish / June 27, 2018

Guest Blog: Let’s talk about African American Men’s Mental Health

As we come to the end of Men’s Health Month, I wanted to talk about mental health from my perspective....

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By Danyelle Borish / June 15, 2018

ST Middle Schools Make a Major Impact on Ending Stigma: MS Recognition Event 2018

On May 8th, 2018, Stand Together held its annual Recognition Event for Middle Schools. In attendance was West Mifflin Middle...

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By Danyelle Borish / June 12, 2018

‘Preventing Suicide is Everyone’s Business’-Linda Rosenberg

Preventing Suicide is Everyone’s Business: Statement by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO   The high-profile deaths by suicide last week...

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By Danyelle Borish / June 11, 2018

PRIDE: Let’s talk about LGBTQ+ Mental Health

As Pride wraps up for the year, I find myself to proud of how far Pittsburgh has come in supporting...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 31, 2018

The Academy Spreads Cheer & Creates Calm!

Stand Together went in to the Academy last fall to begin training on stigma, mental illness, and substance abuse. This...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 29, 2018

Arsenal MS addresses stigma-one ‘kuppa Kool-Aid’ at a time!

Arsenal MS is no stranger to Stand Together, but this year they definitely amped up their game. Although they are...

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By Danyelle Borish / May 15, 2018

Hooray for High School! Recognition Event 2018

Stand Together students had another phenomenal year and our team couldn’t wait to celebrate with and recognize them for all...

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By Danyelle Borish / March 30, 2018

WBD Day 2018: What you need to know about Bipolar Disorder

Today is the fifth-annual World Bipolar Day, an annual global campaign to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and eliminate stigma. It is...

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By sT@nDT0g / March 12, 2018

West Allegheny: ASSEMBLE! Stop Stigma!

West Allegheny HS Stand Together students have been hard at work, creating and facilitating an amazing assembly for their classmates...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 27, 2018

ED: What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. Although our program doesn’t go into depth about this mental health condition,...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 6, 2018

National School Counseling Week: What you need to know!

Sometimes there’s a stigma not only attached to mental health and substance use disorders, but also getting help. Because of...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 1, 2018

Time 2 Talk Day 2018: TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH!!!

Stand Together students are having conversations about mental health, substance use disorders, and stigma all the time, but we want...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 30, 2018

West Mifflin High School: Breaking the Silence

West Mifflin High School has been ‘breaking the silence’ around mental health and substance use disorders and stigma for the...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 23, 2018

West Mifflin Middle School: Melting away stigma one hot cocoa at a time!

On December 11th, I attended West Mifflin Middle School’s 6th grade hot cocoa stand. The goal of this project was...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 17, 2018

Brentwood: One big, happy…group? MS & HS!

Brentwood High School is no stranger to the Stand Together program and we were thrilled to hear that they would...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 11, 2018

Penn Hills MS: Linton Leads

Linton Middle School participated in Stand Together for the first time this year. I was nervous to see how the...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 3, 2018

A Happy, Healthy New Year: New Year, Better You

The common phrase we hear around the New Year is: New Year, New Year. I want to tell you that...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 29, 2017

Propel-Braddock Hills HS: Blacking Out Stigma-Once Again!

Propel Braddock High School completed their training in November, and at the end of it all, I was so impressed....

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By sT@nDT0g / December 21, 2017

Propel MS: Courage & Hope

“Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 19, 2017

Holiday PSA: Stress, Self-Care, and Mental Health

For most, the holidays are a time of great joy, excitement, and family fun, but for many of us, the...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 15, 2017

Shaler Students 'Show-up' Stigma by Speaking Out

Many of the students in our Shaler HS group participate in the musical, so we know they like to ‘show-off,’...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 13, 2017

SciTech- Achieving Greatness, One Goal at a Time

SciTech (Science and Technology Academy-PPS) is one of our first-year schools and are led by Dr. Edwina Kinchington and Holly...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 11, 2017

Arsenal MS (PPS)-We are all human. We are people-first.

Diversity is important and the student population at Arsenal is definitely not lacking in this area. There are over 26...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 11, 2017

Carlynton Cougars – Scratching Out Stigma

This was Carlynton High School’s second year in Stand Together, and they did not disappoint! The students were so informed...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 4, 2017

the Academy: Intense, Driven, and Vocal

This was the Academy’s first year in Stand Together and I was so impressed with their willingness to dive right...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 30, 2017

West Allegheny HS: Moving toward a Future without Stigma

Stand Together, meet West Allegheny High School. This is the school’s first year in this program and I was blown...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 9, 2017

ECS: Catalyst, Character, Collaboration, & Commitment

Okay, okay…Those are some heavy words, right? Those are the four things Environmental Charter School has committed to providing for...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 8, 2017

Steel Valley Ironmen Building Bridges to End Stigma (MS)

If you’re from anywhere around Pittsburgh and/or familiar with the NFL, you’re familiar with Pittsburgh’s history, coining the name, The...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 7, 2017

These Dragons DECREASE STIGMA!: Allderdice Workshops

Pittsburgh Allderdice High School’s mascot is a DRAGON and and these students are ready to DECREASE the STIGMA in their...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 6, 2017

Impressive & Incredible: The Impact of WMMS

I must admit, I was extremely nervous walking into West Mifflin Middle School on September 19th. It was my first...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 20, 2017

Trainer & Coordinator: Danyelle Hooks

Many of you know Danyelle from last year, but if you haven’t met her yet, here’s what you need to...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 5, 2017

Stand-ing Together Against Stigma 5-Years Strong! WMHS

This year’s WMHS Stand Together club has 76 (!!!) students and we definitely started the year off right! Their fearless...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 29, 2017

NEW TA: Jordan Corcoran!!!

Jordan Corcoran went to Mercyhurst College. During her freshman year, she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder....

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By sT@nDT0g / September 26, 2017

NEW Trainer: Meet Lacey Agresta!

Hey ya’ll! My name is Lacey Agresta and I am a project trainer with Stand Together. The end goal of...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 25, 2017

September is National Recovery Month!

September is National Recovery Month! Talking about recovery is one of the most important things we can do to change...

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By sT@nDT0g / July 24, 2017

Minority Mental Health Month-Guest blog by TA Montaja Simmons

  I do not know about you but I need a break! Like a real break- specifically for my sanity...

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By sT@nDT0g / July 6, 2017

Propel HS: Black-Out Stigma

Propel: Braddock Hills High School had another great year with their Black-Out Stigma week of activities. The students came up...

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By sT@nDT0g / June 27, 2017

PTSD Awareness Day 2017

You may or may not know that today is PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and occurs...

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By sT@nDT0g / June 22, 2017

Environmental Charter: Environment, Friendship, & Community

Environment, friendship, and community are three values that Environmental Charter School values and it clearly showed in their Lemonade for Change...

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By sT@nDT0g / June 13, 2017

Carlynton HS: 'S(t)and-ing Together' for the 1:4

Although it was Carlynton’s first year in the Stand Together initiative, they hit the ground running! CHS joined us as...

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By sT@nDT0g / June 6, 2017

Arsenal MS: Cool Aid Stand

Arsenal MS had another great Lemonade 4 Change project this year. Their team, the Stigma Stoppers, implemented three separate ‘Cool...

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By sT@nDT0g / May 19, 2017

Recognition Event 2017

Words cannot express what an amazing experience we had on Wednesday, May 10 celebrating our Stand Together schools’ accomplishments this...

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By sT@nDT0g / May 16, 2017

Stand Together in the Media! Special Event!

You may or may not know that Stand Together has been making a lot of friends outside of our program...

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By sT@nDT0g / March 30, 2017

World Bipolar Day

What do you really need to know about bipolar disorder? World Bipolar Day is observed annually on March 30 and...

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By sT@nDT0g / March 21, 2017

Breaking the Silence: Talking about Mental Illness at West Mifflin HS

Students at West Mifflin High School have been planning and implementing Stand Together projects since the beginning of the school-year....

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By sT@nDT0g / February 28, 2017

Kissing Stigma Goodbye: Steel Valley HS Stands Together

Steel Valley HS capitalized on Valentine’s Day with their Love is LOUDER than Mental Illness series of events this February. In...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 21, 2017

Under Construction: Breaking Down Barriers at SVMS

Steel Valley Middle School was HARD AT WORK standing up against stigma and promoting unity, togetherness, and inclusion the past...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day: Let's Talk about Self-Love

“Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear.” – Unknown    ...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 8, 2017

Helping Students Realize their Potential: National School Counselor's Week

School counselors not only prepare students for life beyond the confines of the middle/high school, but also provide support and...

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By sT@nDT0g / February 2, 2017

Time to Change, Time to Talk!

One of the biggest contributors to stigma is the lack of conversations surrounding mental health. When someone asks you, How...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 27, 2017

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2017

National Drug & Alcohol Facts week occurs every year on the last full week of January. This intervention aims to...

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By sT@nDT0g / January 20, 2017

Fox Chapel: Warm Acceptance & Unity

December 13 and January 6 we met with students at Fox Chapel High School to talk about mental illness and...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 30, 2016

2016 Recap: A Year of Celebrities Speaking Out for Mental Illness

As 2016 comes to a close, many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, goals, dreams, aspirations, but it’s also...

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By sT@nDT0g / December 5, 2016

Stress-LESS this Holiday Season

Oh, Christmas. Twinkling lights, joyful reunions, sweet treats, merry carols…but if you’re like me, the holidays bring on waves of...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 28, 2016

Hope Floats: West Mifflin HS Balloon Release

On Friday, November 18, 2016 I had the pleasure of joining the Stand Together team and students from West Mifflin...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 21, 2016

Steel Valley: Standing Together…Together!

On October 26 and November 2, Stand Together programs from Steel Valley Middle and High Schools joined together for their...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 17, 2016

FYI: It's Okay to Grieve!

-In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, 90% indicated that they had experienced the death of a...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 16, 2016

Wednesday UPbeat: Self-Care

  “Self-Care is Important It might sound silly, but self-care is imperative for people to be successful at anything. If...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 14, 2016

DBSA I to We Leadership Weekend: Inspiration & HOPE!

If you follow us on social media, you know that this past weekend, I attended a Depression & Bipolar Support...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 7, 2016

Carlynton HS: Big Goals, Big EQ

This will be #StandTogether’s first year at Carlynton, but we can already tell it’s going to be amazing. One thing...

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By sT@nDT0g / November 3, 2016

Brentwood HS: Come Together, Stand Together

Students from Brentwood HS were the perfect combination! We ask our advisors to choose a ‘grab bag’ of representative students:...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 25, 2016

Propel-Braddock Hills: Surprise Success

I have to be brutally honest…I wasn’t sure how today was going to go. These students were really quiet and...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 17, 2016

Environmental Charter: Welcome Back!

Environmental Charter School was with us for years 1-2 of the project, but had to take last year off. We’re...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 11, 2016

Arsenal MS: Empathy, Team-building, & Unity

Alyssa and I spent the last two Tuesdays at Arsenal Middle School in Lawrenceville working with 6-8th graders. Although a...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 6, 2016

Mental Illness Awareness week

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness week, here’s a FACTS SLAM for you to share to help erase stigma in...

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By sT@nDT0g / October 3, 2016

Stomping Out Bullying & Stigma

The first Monday in October is World Bullying Prevention Day and October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The STAND TOGETHER...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 30, 2016

Week 2: West Mifflin HS & MS

I continue to be impressed by this great group of teens from West Mifflin! Not only are they on years...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 26, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Alyssa, Project Assistant

Hi, everyone! My name is Alyssa, and I’m one of the assistants for Stand Together. You can find me facilitating...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 23, 2016

Week 1: West Mifflin HS & MS

We had an absolutely AMAZING first week in the West Mifflin school district! Ms. Rowe’s & Ms. Roman’s groups learned...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 23, 2016

Meet Our Staff: Montaja, Project Assistant

Hi-ya! Montaja here! I am the one of the assistants for the Stand Together Project. I am the sidekick to...

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By sT@nDT0g / September 19, 2016

What's new for 2016-2017?!

We’re so excited to be starting our 4th year with the Stand Together project! All seven (7) of our schools...

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