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NEW Trainer: Meet Lacey Agresta!

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Hey ya’ll! My name is Lacey Agresta and I am a project trainer with Stand Together. The end goal of my job is to break down stigma and educate our youth about mental health and substance use. I achieve this by going into classrooms all around Allegheny County and facilitate […]

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Recognition Event 2017

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Words cannot express what an amazing experience we had on Wednesday, May 10 celebrating our Stand Together schools’ accomplishments this past year. Over 150 students and 100 supporters attended this years’ event at the Heinz History Center. All eight of our project completing schools were able to attend in some […]

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Students at West Mifflin High School have been planning and implementing Stand Together projects since the beginning of the school-year. As one of only two schools that has participated all four years, WMHS has a large, elaborate program that continually works hard to educate, increase social inclusion, and encourage students […]

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Steel Valley HS capitalized on Valentine’s Day with their Love is LOUDER than Mental Illness series of events this February. In addition to participating in the Breaking the Barriers dash with the middle school, the high school students held several activities during this past month for their peers. From Hershey kisses […]

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Get Your Sleep!: Facts & Tips

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I recently participated in a webinar on Risk & Resiliency to Mood Disorders in Teens that focused on the importance of sleep and, coincidentally, My Fitness Pal also released an article on the effects of sleep deprivation. Adequate and quality sleep is important for every one at any age, but especially […]

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Stress-LESS this Holiday Season

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Oh, Christmas. Twinkling lights, joyful reunions, sweet treats, merry carols…but if you’re like me, the holidays bring on waves of stress and heighten the symptoms of my mental illness. Even if you do not have a mental illness, it can be difficult remembering the loss of a loved one or […]

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FYI: It’s Okay to Grieve!

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-In a poll of 1,000 high school juniors and seniors, 90% indicated that they had experienced the death of a loved one. (nahic.ucsf.edu/downloads/Mortality.pdf) -One out of every 20 children aged fifteen and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don’t account for the number of […]

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