Dress For Success: Mobile Boutique Launch

They are finally here! The Dress for Success Pittsburgh team is thrilled to celebrate the highly anticipated launch of its new mobile boutiques!

I did an amazingly fun and exciting thing recently! I traveled to Macy’s at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh to join Dress for Success in celebrating the launch of its Mobile Boutique North.

Clothing, connections, confidence! The mobile boutiques will allow the team to reach more women who may lack access to adequate transportation more efficiently than ever before.

Supported by Premier Sponsors Macy’s and ADP, the North mobile boutique will provide services to women in Allegheny and Butler Counties.

Supported by Empowerment Sponsors Range Resources and Chevron, the South mobile boutique will provide services to women in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.

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Dress for Success: Build Community, Inspire Change, Give Back

Dress for Success is hands down one of my favorite nonprofits organizations. I volunteer with them for two main reasons: (1) The organization helped me at a low point in my life several years back and (2) it adds fuel to my passion of building community, inspiring change and giving back. Can’t wait for my first ride on the mobile boutique, coming soon to Macy’s Ross Park Mall!

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Mental Health First Aid

I became a Mental Health First Aid instructor because I understand the struggle with mental health. As a teen I suffered from the pangs of guilt resulting from childhood trauma, which led to bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury. I received the certification to deliver the adult curriculum. I hope to receive the certification for Teen Mental Health instructor as well!


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Lady Gaga Announces teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program Will Expand to 20 Additional High Schools

Surviving to Thriving

Surviving to Thriving professional development seminars are free and open to the public. Our vision is for Pittsburgh to become a model for best practices in social & emotional learning and in trauma informed care & resilience. 

On June 15 Anita D Russell, creator of SOAR Coaching Academy, will be speaking at the OMA Pittsburgh Surviving to Thriving, Bridging the Gaps: Working Together to Support Holistic Wellness Throughout Pittsburgh.

She will speak on the topic of Mental Health First Aid and what’s in it for us as a society to change the paradigm of how we view mental health and wellness. Anita is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, receiving the certification through the Allegheny Health Choices Inc.

June 15 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Winchester Thurston Upper School Building
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Community Mental Health First Aid Training

Anita D Russell,
Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

“On a mission to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR.”

During Mental Health Month 2018 I enrolled in the Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course offered through Steel Smiling. I had never heard of Mental Health First Aid; however, once I realized what it was all about, I understood its dire necessity. MFHA is also how I got introduced to Julius Boatwright, Founding CEO of Steel Smiling, and all-around amazing human being. So between the training and Julius, the trajectory of my life got a new bend. Flash forward to 2019 when I received an invitation to attend the training to become an MFHA Certified Instructor. So, here I am.

On a personal level, there are three key reasons why I decided to go down the path of becoming a Mental Health First Aid instructor and bringing this information into the community.

  • The negativity and the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness is pervasive across society and needs to change.
  • In certain communities, a somewhat checkered racial history has created an air of mistrust, preventing people from seeking help. (Think Tuskegee 626, Henrietta Lacks or Medical Apartheid.)
  • I’ve had first-hand personal experience being in a state of compromised mental health.

Get involved and help spread the movement in your community.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to proactively identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.


Click here to complete contact form to stay informed of MHFA training offered by The Place to SOAR.

Mental Health First Aid Training Pittsburgh

Greetings!   My name is Anita D Russell. I’m the founder of SOAR Coaching Academy of Pittsburgh. I am looking for a cohort of individuals to complete Mental Health First Aid Training in the city of Pittsburgh. 

Working with Steel Smiling Pittsburgh founder, Julius Boatwright, I am searching for a group of 25 individuals who (1) believe there is a need for greater public mental health awareness, (2) agree that myths and stigmas associated with mental health need to be busted and (3) are willing to contribute to improving mental health knowledge and skills for first responders. This is a profound need and we have the tools to provide the right knowledge and skills.   

By the way, Mental Health First Aid Training offers sessions focused on youth and adults.


YES, I want to take the Mental Health First AID Training to serve the community!

 

 

Discover OMA Pittsburgh

ABOUT OMA


OMA Center for Mind, Body, and Spirit began about 15 years ago as a vision of an inner city community wellness center and a rural retreat center that would complement each other. Both would provide holistic services for anyone regardless of their socioeconomic, cultural, or spiritual/religious background.

OUR VISION 


Our vision is created upon a commitment to provide for all individuals, a holistic approach to facilitate wellness of self, family, and the community. OMA will integrate a variety of healing and therapeutic modalities in the areas of wellness, fitness, health, therapeutic and educational programs.

OUR MISSION


Our Mission: Through experiential education and clinical resources, OMA provides all individuals opportunities to explore and honor one’s journey in healing and wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Meet Us!


Active board members create an atmosphere of commitment, dedication and never-ending love for people. The board is comprised of licensed therapists, social workers, practitioners, life coaches,  educators and writers who all come together unified in helping people begin a journey towards wellness and wholeness in mind, body and spirit.

 

Mentoring Workshop in Pittsburgh

“Creating Hope Through Learning”

Since the death of my mother, I have made a decision to remain in Pittsburgh. While here I’ve begun to exercise my muscles as an investor in the growth and development of people in my home city. One organization I have partnered with is the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to support the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Over the years, the role of HCEF in the community has developed and expanded to meet these needs.

So, my first major project in my home city is  a mentoring workshop designed to expand the role of academic tutors to include the underlying principles of “Everyday Mentoring”. I am working with an incredible development team and will be facilitating a Tutor Mentoring Workshop on Saturday December 9.


“The SOAR is to fly fearlessly with vision and purpose.”
—Anita D Russell