Stand Together Club



Stand Together,
an initiative of Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health, is a program that operates in several schools throughout Allegheny County.  Our high school has participated for the last 2 years and is currently in its third year of participation, and this is the first year for our middle school to participate in the program.   The Stand Together student project team consists of a diverse team of 20 students, is a year-long commitment from those students and is guided by one of the teachers, Mrs. Tracy Roman. 

 

After receiving parent permission, the Stand Together student team has participated in two workshops focusing on mental illness, the stigma associated with it, and how to complete a service-learning project to reduce stigma.  The student team has received a mini-grant for almost $1,000, and is working on planning and implementing projects throughout the school year aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness in our school.  The student team had presented this program to the whole building 4th through 8th in January.

 

We hope that this program helps to decrease negative attitudes and beliefs about mental illness, as well as youth feeling comfortable with speaking to adults about any potential concerns about a peer who is depressed, suicidal, or exhibiting other signs/symptoms of a mental illness and/or substance use disorder.  

 

We have three big events coming up. These events will help raise money to be donated to a group that is working on people with mental health illnesses. The first event will be held on Thursday, February 25, for Sample West Mifflin. It will be held at the middle school. We will have brochures about the program, cookies to purchase for $1 each, and t-shirts for $10. You can also preregister for our ColorRun 5K being held in April.

 

The second event is on Friday, March 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 at the middle school auditorium. This event is a movie night. Admission is FREE, and we will have a concession stand selling snacks and t-shirts. We will also have a computer, so if you’d like to Stand Together with us by signing our pledge, you will receive a wrist band showing your support.

 

The last event we have scheduled for the community will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10 to noon. This is called a ColorRun 5K. We will have information booths, speakers, concession booths, and time to talk with people within the community. If you preregister, the cost will be $15 per person. If you sign up after April 8th, the cost will be $20. If you register late, we cannot guarantee a t-shirt.

 

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Tracy Roman at romant@wmasd.org.  If she is unable to answer your question, she will direct it to either our school leadership team, or the leadership of the Stand Together program.  

 

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