Pittsburgh program provides free mental health help to first responders

The scene of an accident or crime can be mentally taxing for all parties involved, including first responders. In Pittsburgh, a new program is providing group mental health services for first responders and public safety professionals to ensure that the people whose jobs are to protect the public are also taking care of their own health.

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Chill Project opens first space for elementary students in Carnegie

At Carnegie Elementary School, there’s a special room where students can take a break and relax. There are soft LED lights, bean bag chairs and even a large cabin they can sit inside. This is the Chill Room.

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The Grable Foundation Supports Chill Project by AHN to Improve Behavioral Health Services in Schools

The Chill Project by AHN, Awaken Pittsburgh™, Carnegie Mellon University Health & Human Performance Lab and Clairton School District will partner...

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Just breathe! Kids ease their anxiety as families practice mindfulness

From kindergarten kids to professional athletes, mindfulness has never been more mainstream. With good reason.

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How mindfulness supports your children’s health and happiness

When you think about the behaviors our kids should practice to live a healthy lifestyle, what comes to mind?

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Is mindful meditation the new normal in some Pittsburgh-area schools?

It’s a warm, sunny May afternoon. The kind of afternoon that prompts young minds to think...

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Research says acceptance key part of stress-reduction mindfulness, a new app helps with that

Among the ways to reduce stress is the practice of mindfulness, focusing on an awareness of the present...

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Awaken Pittsburgh develops mindfulness programs for youth, teachers

Newly armed with a doctorate in education, Stephanie Romero, executive director of the new nonprofit Awaken Pittsburgh, is developing curriculum...

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upcoming courses


Exploring the Tree of Contemplative Practices series

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 AM – Noon as we engage with the “Relational” branch, through an interactive workshop on Contemplative Storytelling, led by Britt Dorazio.

This is a hybrid event. Please join us in-person at the Squirrel Hill JCC, or on zoom.


Learn more about the Tree of Contemplative Practices Series here.

We hope to see you there!


In-person and on-line Guided Mindfulness Meditation

Awaken Pittsburgh is offering three monthly guided meditations open to anyone! This is a chance to practice in community together.

Each session follows the same format: introductions, a period of guided meditation, and then a chance to support one another, discuss how our meditations are going at home, and ask any questions we have about practice.

Pre-registration, via the links provided, help us to prepare and ensure that we have room for everyone.
Our schedule is as follows :

1st Tuesday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 PM – South Hills JCC


2nd Saturday of each month, 8:30-9:30 AM – Squirrel Hill JCC


3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Squirrel Hill JCC


Our in-person venue requires that you are fully vaccinated to enter. Please arrive early with your vaccination card to register on your way in.

There is no charge for attending, but donations to support our work are appreciated.

We hope to see you there!