How We Got Started
UpStreet was originally envisioned as a teen walk-in center in Squirrel Hill, however COVID-19 required UpStreet to begin implementing direct services much sooner than expected. UpStreet recognized teens were struggling and needed mental health support. In Spring 2020, UpStreet was quickly able to assess and respond to the needs in the community by offering virtual services.
Where We Are Now
The website and programming were designed with input from UpStreet’s Teen Advisory board, a group of local teens that meets every other week to provide staff with insights about the needs and interests of teens in our community. Teens can now visit upstreetpgh.org to chat with a therapist, schedule an appointment and gather mental health resources.
UpStreet aims to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health support, to avoid escalation of symptoms to a crisis stage and enhance teens’ quality of life.
UpStreet is a program of JFCS. For over 80 years, JFCS has remained vital and relevant in our community and always available to respond no matter how difficult the problem. By continuously adapting our programs and services, we meet the changing needs of our dynamic and diverse population. We are a known leader in providing innovative and effective solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages in our region.