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By Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 Brian Mountain / 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 21, 2016

Get Your Sleep!: Facts & Tips

I recently participated in a webinar on Risk & Resiliency to Mood Disorders in Teens that focused on the importance...

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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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