teen 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!

Visit MentalHealthFirstAid.org

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

I Wanna See Laney’s House

. . . Anita’s writing style drew me in and made me feel like I was experiencing the events of her childhood along with her. I found it difficult to put the book down . . . I recommend this book to anyone searching for meaning in their life or who just wants to read a biography about someone growing up in the Pittsburgh area.” —Amazon Reviewer


Writing this book meant digging deep into my core to get to know myself as I journeyed towards self-liberation. Writing this book became the testimony of a struggle for mental wellness in personal identity, self-acceptance, and connectedness. With liberation came freedom from guilt, depression and fear. Along the way I strengthened my faith, trust and belief in God.
Anita D Russell, Author

“In reading I Wanna See Laney’s House, I realized that after nearly 25 years of friendship, I didn’t know Anita Russell at all. The blessing, however, is that it’s given me the opportunity to become acquainted with my friend in a whole new way.” —Rev. Samuel K. Atchison, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; and former columnist, Religion News Service

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

SOAR TV NJE | Ep2.19

Elder Lias Paris-Adkins
“Mandated to Feed, Empower and Restore”

Featuring Elder Lisa Paris-Adkins

This episode features Philadelphia’s own Elder Lisa Paris-Adkins, Founder of the Soul Food Cafe’, a Bible study with locations in the independent living seniors community. Elder Lisa is also the Founder of Yes. . . I Do, an empowerment and mentoring program mandated to provide spiritual transformation, maturation and deliverance from life altering identity crisis. The SOAR values she selected: Faith, trust and belief. Life transitions.

SOAR TV NJE | Ep1.19

Minister Gerald Truehart, II
“Come, Hear, Believe and Experience God’s Kingdom Authority”

Minister Gerald L. Truehart, II is the founder of Gerald Truehart Ministries, “A Light Unto The Nations” (Isaiah 49:6), and the Lion of Judah Studio located at 415 West State Street in the Capital City of Trenton, NJ. Minister Truehart is called to rejuvenate the people of God’s faith, encouraging them to be zealous for Messiah, ambassadorship, obedience and faithfulness to the whole Word of God. He is engaging the people of God in the Word, equipping them with the armor; empowering them through the Holy Spirit; and encouraging them with the unconditional love of God. Minister Truehart believes: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” —Dr. Myles Munroe