June 24, 2024

So far, 4,131 people have taken the pledge to end the stigma of mental illness.

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If you think mental illness is scary, imagine what happens when we don’t talk.

If you’re dealing with a mental health challenge, you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 5 Western New Yorkers are living with a mental health diagnosis, yet many of these people suffer in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. So, we’re starting a conversation to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Join us as we share our stories, our struggles and our successes. When we talk about mental health, we help everyone find their voice.

You are a friend. You are a teammate. You are a neighbor. You are so much more than your mental illness.

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The Importance of Breaking The Stigma of Mental Illness

If you’re dealing with a mental health condition, let someone know. When we find someone that is willing to listen, sometimes we don’t even need an answer.

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If you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health issue, help is available. There are a variety of organizations and programs across Western New York standing by to assist children, adolescents, adults and families with prevention, treatment and recovery.

Erie county anti-stigma coalition presents: The State of Stigma

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Mental Wellness in the Workplace

May 21, 2024 | 12:00PM

Most employees want to work for a company that values their mental health, provides a healthy environment, and offers support for employee mental health.

How can organizations meet this need and what are some best practices currently in place at local companies? Join us for a discussion about mental health in the workplace and hear from local experts about successful wellness initiatives.

70+ organizations. One common goal.

Why would some of the most prominent mental health groups and community thought leaders in Western New York invest their time, money and energy for one singular purpose? Because we think that life depends on it.

Initially serving Erie County, the Anti-Stigma Coalition was formed to stop the stigma surrounding mental health. We’re doing it by creating a community conversation where people can share their stories, their struggles, and their successes with each other. Through our efforts, we hope that people dealing with mental health challenges will know they are not alone, help is available and recovery is possible.

Recent News

Jun 12 2024

Your Hometown Health Connection: Mental Health Challenges for Older Adults

Hosted by John DiSciullo, the show explores mental health challenges that are experienced by older adults and how the community and family members can be...
May 11 2024

How Eliminating Stigma Can Create Healthy Workplaces

Our country is facing a mental health crisis, with one in five people living with a mental illness. It’s in the best interest of organizations to create a mentally...
May 07 2024

Member Spotlight: Parkview Health Services

We recently asked the leaders of Parkview Health Services about mental health and stigma.

Apr 24 2024

Stigma, Mental Health and Peer Support

One in five people live with a mental health diagnosis, yet many people suffer in silence because of stigma. Fear of being treated differently or being discriminated...
Apr 24 2024

Coalition Featured on WBBZ Heath Connection

Tune in to WBBZ on Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. for Your Hometown Health Connection featuring representatives from the Anti-Stigma Coalition.

Mar 22 2024

Stigma is Common for Residents of Rural Communities

Isolation, concerns about confidentiality, and a tradition of self-reliance can lead to significant stigma for individuals with mental health challenges living in rural...
Mar 13 2024

Member Spotlight: Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming (GOW) Pathway to Hope

We recently spoke with Sue Gange, who with her team, answered the following questions about stigma and mental health.

Mar 13 2024

‘Talking about it more does help’: WNY restaurant owners discuss mental health in the industry

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Feb 27 2024

Overcoming Stigma for Serenity

by Nicole Shields, Youth Peer Advocate Program Manager, Mental Health AdvocatesGrowing up I felt like something was off. I never felt right or like I fit in. I was...
Feb 26 2024

Restaurant Owner Seeks to Stop Stigma

Nicholas Pitillo, owner, Osteria 166 and Villaggio shares his efforts to encourage his employees to get help for mental health challenges.

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