Today Stand Together held their second display during all of the lunches at the middle school. Stand Together is a group of middle school students who focuse on mental illness and substance abuse awareness and promotes a caring and understanding environment for all students to feel a part of our school.
Titled Merry GRINChmas, Stand Together chose to gain participation from the students through a photo booth, PING challenges that could earn them prizes after they completed tasks,and having our Pledge signing, all while playing festive holiday music. It was a success and students really enjoyed the booth while learning about one another and what Stand Together is all about.
Stand Together wishes everyone happy holidays! We hope that you have a joyous and relaxing break full of fun, laughter and love.
Stand Together kicked off their first official in school project by spreading their “Words Matter” message. Meaning-names that you call others can hurt them and/or offend them or someone close to them. This message stemmed from a previous project done by Dr. Fenyus, Mrs. Mcgrew and Mrs. Churilla earlier this year! The Stand Together team wore their green shirts reading “Wear Green. Be Proud. I stand with 1:4 people who suffer from Mental Illness. The kids had table tents set up on the cafeteria tables with definitions of various mental illnesses and words that could hurt someone were displayed. In order to gain a “words matter” bracelet, students needed to sign the Stand Together pledge. They also had a trivia game set up to educate students on various mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. It was a great day! Stand Together is an organization at SVMS funded by the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health.
The Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health has partnered with the Middle School students for its "StandTogether" initiative for the fourth year. The objectives of Stand Together are to decrease negative attitudes and beliefs among adolescents towards peers and adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, decrease social distance between adolescents and their peers who have mental illness and/or substance use disorder, and encourage adolescents to make positive change .
Steel Valley Middle School chose to bring Stand Together to our school to reduce negative beliefs and attitudes towards youth who have a mental illness in our communities by promoting a healthy, caring atmosphere in our schools. Stigma causes shame and embarrassment for youth and they experience its impact through ostracism, social isolation, depression, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. Our goal is to support ALL students and community members and bring students together promoting healthy and happy relationships.
On October 3 and 9th, 30 Middle School students were trained by Ms. Danyelle and Ms. Candace from the Allegheny County of Behavioral Health offices on Stand Together and it’s ideation. Students were very receptive to the idea and eager to help build a sense of community within their school. These concepts are founded on the principles of bringing everyone together and being a good person. We too are trying to ignite a change in our community and what better way to do so than to join forces.