The Upstanders

In November of 2020, BStrong Together hosted a week-long on-demand community showing of the IndieFilx documentary, The Upstanders.  

The Upstanders film explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers, and others, and the brain science behind it all.  The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change. 

View The Upstanders Tips and Fact Sheet in English or in Spanish.  Find additional information and resources regarding bullying and interpersonal violence intervention here.

Following the film screening, BStrong Together was honored to host two expert panel discussions - one in English and one in Spanish - to discuss the film, local anti-bullying efforts, tips for raising an upstander, and resources for students and parents in the community.

Local area expert panelists included:

  • Dr. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell - Principal at Sunny Hill Elementary School
  • Jenny Jarrin, LCPC - Therapist and Co-Owner of Sana Wellness Center in Barrington
  • Dr. Chris Bibby, PsyD - Therapist and Owner of WithInsight Counseling in Barrington and Schaumburg
  • Mandy Burbank, LCSW - Therapist at AMITA Behavioral Health Hospital Outpatient Group
  • Amy Winkelman - Prevention & Wellness Coordinator at Barrington High School
  • Brian Turcotte - Social Worker at Barrington Middle School Prairie Campus
  • Nora Rafaty - Student at Barrington High School
  • Grant Elliott - Co-Founder of Be the Change Barrington

Click on the images below to view the video recordings of the expert panel discussions.

Thank you to our event sponsor, AMITA Behavioral Health, and event partners CATCH and grit2.

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