Hi, everyone! My name is Alyssa, and I’m one of the assistants for Stand Together. You can find me facilitating activities with Danyelle, sharing my story about living with mental illness, and answering all your questions (even the hard ones)! I’m really excited to be a part of this team.
As someone who has lived with mental illness since early childhood, it’s one of my life goals to learn as much as I can about mental health. I completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology before earning a Master of Public Administration in Policy Research and Analysis from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), both within the University of Pittsburgh. Earning my degrees was difficult while learning to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder, especially while battling against stigma within my own life. Because of that experience, I do as much as I can to help fight stigma using the power of research and education. Currently, I am an In Our Own Voice Presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwestern Pennsylvania. I also run my own project on mental illness: Inside Our Minds, an anonymous storytelling project working to share the experiences of people affected by mental illness in Pittsburgh.
Aside from all of that, I love to listen to political podcasts, learn how to cook new recipes, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. My most recent accomplishment: I climbed to Everest Base Camp in April (over 17,500 feet)!
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