See this section for a listing of LEAD’s mission-driven projects related to community outreach, education and resilience, as well as our earliest conferences and activities.

Reel Teens Town Hall

The Reel Teens Pittsburgh, with the support of LEAD Pittsburgh, held their Facebook Live town hall on November 9th, 2017. A panel of experts answered questions about teens and mental health while teen moderators watched social media feedback and contributed to the conversation about young people and their experiences with depression and anxiety. The SOVA (Supporting Our Valued Adolescents) project helped to continue the conversation after the event on their website.

FOCUS–For Our Children and US–speaker series

In partnership with Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), LEAD is offering a series of speaker events for parents and caring adults to learn about and discuss children’s mental health as well as their own.

To see takeaways from past FOCUS events, click here.

Know the Signs 2018 Messaging Campaign

LEAD Pittsburgh’s messaging and outreach has reached parents of middle and high school-aged children with our “Know the Signs of Teen Depression and Anxiety” campaign. Through outdoor ads (billboards and bus shelters), digital (Facebook, banner ads, and key word search ads), and ads in programs of high school musicals and Cultural Trust shows, LEAD is encouraging parents and caregivers to Know the Signs, learn more, and seek help if concerned about their teen.

See some of the ads here.

Reel Teens Pittsburgh TV Show

The Reel Teens Pittsburgh is a group of student film-makers using their skills and talents to address an important social issue-the mental health of young people. They partnered with LEAD Pittsburgh to make a TV show that addresses the stigma which often surrounds mental health challenges, and empowers youth and adults with hopeful messages and helpful resources. In the show, we hear from teens living with mental health challenges; see a room-sized bubble meant to bust stigma; and learn about the importance of seeking help.

Coffee & Connect

Coffee & Connect is a series of casual conversations on emotional wellness topics hosted in local Starbucks locations. Starbucks believes in bringing people together, and LEAD Pittsburgh believes in education about mental health. Both of us believe that Coffee & Connect events are excellent opportunities to accomplish our missions.

To see takeaways from past Coffee & Connect events, click here.

Allegheny Family Network Mental Health Expo

On May 5th, LEAD attended the Allegheny Family Network’s sixth annual mental health expo in Downtown Pittsburgh. LEAD surveyed professionals and families to learn their thoughts about children’s mental health, and had an interactive sentiments board to reflect feelings about depression.

LEAD Attends Here One Day Screening

On February 22nd, LEAD Pittsburgh’s Kathleen Moss and volunteer Zersha Munir attended the “Here One Day” film screening. The two of them staffed a table at the event to inform people about LEAD Pittsburgh’s mission, and to talk about the SCoRE for College program LEAD collaborated to create.

LEAD Outreach at the art exhibit, “Mindful,” presented by Pittsburgh’s Society for Contemporary Craft

http://www.exploremindfulart.comLEAD Pittsburgh shared information on depression and the SCoRE program during a community organization “Saturday Information Session” at the exhibit.

SCoRE® Essay Contest

LEAD hosted a reception to announce winners of a SCoRE Essay Contest. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays which best expressed students’ experiences with learning and building their resilience skills through SCoRE.

SCoRE Curriculum development

LEAD convened a meeting with Melissa DeRosier, Ph.D./President of 3C Institute and representatives from 10 regional colleges and universities to discuss what a “resilience” curriculum should include.  With ongoing input from the schools, Dr. DeRosier was engaged to develop the program.

Train the Trainer Certification Workshop in Resiliency Training

LEAD Pittsburgh sponsored a two-day  workshop  for college and university personnel—a  “Train the Trainer Certification Workshop in Resiliency Training.” Nan Henderson, MSW, an expert in Resiliency Training led the workshop. CEU credits were offered. Participants were from 15 southwestern Pennsylvania and northwestern West Virginia institutions.

LEAD Colloquium–Building a Resilient Campus Community: A New Approach to the Mental Health Needs of College Students

LEAD Pittsburgh invited Directors of the College Counseling Centers, and Deans of Students Services throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia to a Colloquium: “Building a Resilient Campus Community”. Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatric and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School served as Symposium Director and Andrew Shatte, Ph.D., faculty at the University of Phoenix was the featured speaker. Dr. Shatte is an internationally recognized expert on Resiliency Training. Participants from 20 colleges and universities attended. The colloquium was planned with the help of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  CEU credits were given and the event was funded by the Fine Foundation, Staunton Farm Foundation, LEAD Pittsburgh and with assistance from Chatham University.

“Talk to Me Campaign” at the University of Pittsburgh

LEAD worked with administrators and students on local college campuses. With the University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, LEAD launched the “Talk To Me” Campaign. This initiative was sponsored by the administration at the University of Pittsburgh and was designed by students. Activity based programs encouraged students to share their concerns, and to talk about stresses and anxieties as a way of minimizing the impact of the myriad of challenges of college life. Now called “Talk About It,” the campaign entered its eighth year in the fall of 2015.

LEAD co-sponsored conference—”Depression Care for Women—Across the Life Span”

This conference explored the effects of major reproductive events—from puberty through menopause—on the course of a woman’s mood and whole body function. The conference offered an opportunity for both medical professionals and the lay community to learn more about depression, its trajectory, available interventions and survival skills for coping with the effects of depression.

LEAD supported the “Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family” exhibition at the American Jewish Museum at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh

The many faces of depression in the family environment,  and the “normalcy” of those who suffer from depression was depicted.

Conference—”Treating Depression at the Medical Interface:  A Key to Improved Outcomes.”  This conference raised awareness of how depression represents both an important risk factor and a concurrent condition for many serious medical diseases.

LEAD Pittsburgh partnered with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Mental Health Intervention Research Center for Mood and Anxiety Disorders and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry to present a conference to raise awareness of how depression represents both an important risk factor and a concurrent condition for many serious medical diseases. The conference was designed to provide clinicians in a variety of medical specialties, health policymakers and health providers with a fundamental re-examination of how to approach the co morbidity (the coexistence of two or more disease processes) of medical diseases and recurrent depressive disorders.

LEAD played an integral part in the formation of the “Depression Case Management Initiative.”

UPMC Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health developed a collaborative case management initiative to promote appropriate screening, education, and referrals for clients with depressive symptoms as identified by their Primary Care Providers (PCPs). The Depression Case Management Initiative utilizes a licensed behavioral health clinician (care manager) to assist primary care practices with the referral and treatment of patients. The PCP can request assistance from the licensed care manager for screening, a referral to a behavioral health practitioner, monitoring of clients diagnosed with depression, or all of the above.

LEAD’s discussions led to the creation of a Problem-Based Learning Curriculum, “Raising Medical Student Awareness of the Impact of Depression on Co-Morbid Medical Disease.”

LEAD’s role in this project began as an effort to ensure that graduating medical students would have a deeper understanding of the co morbidity of depression across all medical fields. The concept of introducing depression into first- and second-year medical students’ curriculum via Problem-Based Learning (PBL) continues to go well. PBL is designed to raise issues and questions that are not completely answered by medical research, so that students will deal with partially resolved questions and hypotheses with incomplete empirical support. Thus a student can acquire the knowledge of “cross-talk” between the psyche and bodily functioning and the complexities that arise when caring for patients suffering from co morbid (the coexistence of two or more disease processes) medical and psychiatric disorders.

Community Service Billboards

LEAD and Lamar Advertising, Inc. worked together to create a billboard campaign that showed the commonality of depression throughout the life span. The first billboard presented the question, “What do these people have in common?” and included pictures of a young female, an African-American male and an older female. This billboard was replaced in August with a response, “They conquered depression – a treatable medical condition” and included the same three faces and a phone number that connected callers to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. WPIC received 48 phone calls directly attributable to the billboard. Eighteen of the calls resulted in appointments which were kept, eleven callers asked for more information about bipolar disorder, and the remaining nineteen callers requested information that was sent to them. See the Billboards here.

Allegheny Conference Briefing on Mental Health Care Insurance Coverage

LEAD proposed to Allegheny Conference CEO Mike Langley that Mental Health Care Insurance Coverage within Corporations be included on one of the Allegheny Conference’s meeting agendas.  A breakfast was scheduled and was attended by more than 50 Allegheny Conference members. Dr. David Kupfer, spoke about the high costs related to untreated and under-treated depression in the work place.

“Depression: The Help Connection” Documentary

LEAD partnered with WPIC and WQED, Pittsburgh’s Public Broadcasting TV Station to work on a 4-part documentary, “Depression: The Help Connection.”  The program aired in May, 2004 and covered the topics of postpartum depression; child/adolescent depression; late life depression; and fighting workplace stigma.  The program aired numerous times and was nominated for an award.  This documentary also stimulated a record number of calls into Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Michael Bartley, Producer/Reporter

  • David Solomon, Supervising Producer
  • Alicia Schisler, Producer
  • Nathalie Berry, Producer
  • Paul Ruggieri, Photographer/Editor