Bill Strickland

Guest Editor Bill Strickland on the simple way you can change a child’s life

Guest editor Bill Strickland: “We need to lift each other up. And we can. There is so much we can do.”

what is mindfulness?

What is mindfulness? This easy guide can help families throughout the new year.

How can families practice mindfulness? This quick guide explains.

5 ways to help newly adopted children during the holidays

Expert advice on how you can best support newly adopted children as they experience the holiday season.

Dragon's Den photo of Wendoll Slade, courtesy Dayna Delgado.

From volunteer to employee: At Dragon’s Den, this teen has turned helping others into a career

Check out Wendoll Slade’s inspiring story.

The Carnegie Elementary School Chill Room

Chill Project opens first space for elementary students in Carnegie

Each Chill Room comes with an AHN-licensed counselor or social worker who is there full-time to help students.

matt's maker space

Matt’s Maker Space opens a new location at UPMC Western Psych to help kids with mental illnesses

Matt’s Maker Space has grown to include 30 locations in the Pittsburgh region.

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash

6 ways your food choices can lower stress and support mental health

There are no magic foods for boosting your mood. But these ideas can help lower stress and support good mental health.

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Guest editor Julius Boatwright on community mental health and how we can help young people be well 

Expert advice on helping your children — and yourself — be mentally healthy and well.

Sweet Pea’s ice cream truck is on a heartwarming mission

Sweet Pea’s ice cream truck is helping Pittsburghers in need while bringing sweet treats to everyone.

Pitt research project explores mental health of teens

The research project used collaborative filmmaking, giving teenagers equipment to create, film and edit on their own.

‘I can do it!’ VolunTOTS empowers little kids to do good in Pittsburgh communities

“I think people are looking for good, looking for joy and for community. And I think that we’re providing that for people.”

Matt’s Maker Space grows to an impressive 30 locations, including the first out of state

“My favorite thing is when a child walks into a Matt’s Maker Space and looks up at their teacher and says, ‘Who’s Matt?’ ”

7 practical tips for easing kids’ social media anxiety

Fear of missing out can make social media-using teens feel stressed. Here’s how you can help. 

Brown Mamas develops Grow Mama Grow, a database of community courses taught by moms

Brown Mamas inspires mothers, teaching them life lessons.

Sponsored Content Kids diagnosed with autism find an array of support and services at The Children’s Institute

“We want parents to know that The Children’s Institute is here to help.”

Pittsburgh families find silver linings to a full year of social distancing

“I tend to like the intimacy that we tend to have right now.”

What families can learn from this school’s mental health support for kids

When schools abruptly became remote last spring, mental health support was vital.

Kids with cancer love to hate Michael’s Meanies, an outlet for their fear and anxiety

Michael heard a little girl crying, and he wanted to give her something to help take her fear and frustration away.

PA School Counselor of the Year reinvents initiatives for Shaler kids during the pandemic

“This is where you can really make an impact, start shaping things. It’s where the magic really happens.”

This 8-year-old’s Project FUEL life lesson holds the secret to happiness

The answer is simple: Wake up happy.


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