February 28, 2024

So far, 4,101 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 Health in theRestaurant Industry

March 4, 2024 | 4:00PM

Restaurant work is a high stress, demanding industry. Workers may be hesitant to share mental health struggles due to fear of stigma or concerns about job security. And some workers may not have support from management. The competitive nature of the industry may discourage employees from prioritizing their mental health or seeking help when needed.

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

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.

Feb 26 2024

Stressful Environment Impacts Restaurant Workers’ Mental Health

Mental health challenges for restaurant workers are common. The restaurant business is high stress, long hours, demanding customers, and often lower pay. Work can...
Jan 31 2024

Member Spotlight: West Side Community Services (WSCS)

We recently spoke to West Side Community Services (WSCS) about their mission and how they promote mental wellness.

Jan 11 2024

Older Adults and Mental Health—Don’t Suffer in Silence

According to the CDC, suicide rates are on the rise among people aged 65 and older. Causes of suicide in older adults range from depression to grief over the passing of...
Jan 11 2024

Member Spotlight: OLV Human Services

We recently spoke to Sheila Hunt, Chief Program Officer at OLV Human Services, about OLV’s mission and how they promote mental wellness.

Dec 07 2023

Honoring Roslynn Carter’s Work to End Mental Health Stigma

The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition’ mission reflects Mrs. Carter’s trailblazing work to reduce stigma. Sharing stories about struggles and successes of people with...
Nov 08 2023

World Conflicts Can Impact Veterans’ Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are common mental health challenges for Veterans and members of the military. Research suggests that 11–20% of veterans experience PTSD...
Nov 08 2023

Member Spotlight: Jewish Family Services

As an agency that offers mental health services, JFS also recognizes its responsibility for leading and encouraging conversations about stigma, so people feel more...
Oct 20 2023

How Stigma Impacts Men and their Mental Health

Men are less likely to seek help for depression, substance abuse, and stressful life events due to social norms, reluctance to talk, and downplaying their...

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