AHN, Pirates Charities Announce Partnership to Provide Behavioral Health and Wellness Services to School Districts and Local Communities

Allegheny CountyPNC Bank and Palumbo Charitable Trust also strengthen to support AHN’s Unique Chill Mobile program

PITTSBURG, Pa., October 28, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club, today announced a partnership to create a mobilized version of AHN’s groundbreaking Chill project, which provides behavioral health services and awareness training in school districts throughout western Pennsylvania.

Recognizing the immediate need, AHN and Pirates Charities have worked together to develop the Chill Mobile program in an effort to positively impact tens of thousands of young people in the area each year. The two have collaborated to purchase and customize the Chill Mobile vehicle that will travel across school districts, workplaces and community organizations, greatly expanding the reach of AHN’s program. Other supporters of Chill Mobile include the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny CountyPNC and the Palumbo Charitable Trust.

Offered through AHN’s Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Institute and led by a team of behavioral health specialists, the Chill Project uses mindfulness-based exercises to provide students, teachers and parents with a standardized evidence-based approach to identify, discuss and manage stress, anxiety and other mental health problems.

“School has always been a source of stress, whether you are attending classes, teaching or parenting a student, and negative reactions to stress create a significant barrier to learning and growth,” he said. William Davis, EdD, Founder and Director of AHN’s Chill Project. “Our program has proven to be an extremely effective means of improving the health and well-being of participants and we are super excited about the opportunity to further expand access to these services through this new mobile functionality.”

According to Davies, schools that have participated in the Chill Project to date have experienced tangible benefits, including a reduced number of behavioral health incidents for students, such as chronic absence, disruptive behavior, school dropout and feelings of hopelessness; better quality of professional life for educators and administrators; and greater well-being for parents and caregivers.

The COVID-19 pandemic, economic stress and social unrest have exacerbated the behavioral health concerns of all populations in recent years, while also exposing inequalities in access to behavioral health services for many communities.

“The inspiration for this program came from speaking with Will Davies and others at AHN on roadblocks schools have in terms of physical space and funding for an on-site support program. We needed to find an innovative way to bring these necessary resources to the children, “he said Travis Williams, President of the Pirates. “Caring for young people in the area has been at the heart of our mission at Pirates Charities for over 15 years. We are thrilled to partner with AHN and use the power of the Pirates brand to make the Chill Mobile vehicle fun and inviting to help. to break down every stigma around the search for help “.

AHN’s Chill Mobile will offer students and faculty a relaxing space where they can learn evidence-based coping skills and participate in hands-on, interactive experiences, with the aim of not only improving individual mental health, but also extending the conversation. to the wider community and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. The new Chill Mobile Vehicle will feature Pirate-themed programming, including a virtual PNC Park experience, special messages from Pirates players, pirate-themed giveaways to relieve stress, and more.

“There is often a stigma that comes with addressing your mental health, which is detrimental to our quality of life. Our mental health and our physical health are intertwined and taking care of our mental health is important in every stage of life, ”said the County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “The Chill Mobile offers a place and plan to focus on good mental health so that our young people can have positive outlook, a sense of balance and empowerment, and can address life and work goals in a way that makes sense to them. Allegheny County is proud to have played a role in bringing this resource to our community and excited about what it will mean for those who use it. “

AHN currently offers the Chill Project program in 31 schools in West Jefferson Hills, BaldwinWhite House, South ParkCarlynton, Northgate, Chartiers Valley, Fairview (Erie)Canon McMillan, Clairton And Southern Fayette school districts and Shady Side Academy, three vocational and technical schools and CCAC Homewood. Specially designed “Chill Rooms” have been created in the schools to accommodate students and staff seeking the services of the Chill Project.

“The need for community-based mental health services has never been more urgent and we are extremely grateful to Pirates Charities and our other partners for their investment and commitment in this unique endeavor,” he said. Quick ally, Director of Philanthropy at AHN. “The AHN Chill project has already made a huge difference in the lives of many and our new mobile program will increase these numbers exponentially.”

Chill Mobile resources will also be available and customizable for businesses, community organizations and local events. For more information on bringing Chill Mobile into your school, organization or community, contact Jefferson Hospital Counseling Services at (412) 650-1100.

Allegheny Health Network Information:

Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), is an integrated health care system serving the major Western Pennsylvania region. The network is comprised of 14 hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, Health + Wellness pavilions, multiple employed physician organizations, home and community health services, a research institute and a group purchasing organization. The network provides patients with access to a full range of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, trauma care, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery , women’s health, diabetes, autoimmune disease and more. AHN employs approximately 21,000 people, has more than 2,600 doctors on its medical staff, and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

SOURCE Allegheny Health Network

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