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. 

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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