September 30, 2023

So far, 4,075 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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Influential Voices in the Black Community Talk about Mental Health and Stigma

September 20, 2023 | 12:00PM

Panelists will discuss the state of stigma around mental health diagnoses in the Black community and how the topic is covered in the media. Stigma around mental illness is prevalent in the Black community, often preventing people from seeking help.

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

Sep 25 2023

Encouraging Mental Wellness In The Black Community

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of...
Sep 22 2023

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, this month...
Aug 25 2023

BIPOC Community Face Unique Mental Health Struggles

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services observes National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial...
Aug 25 2023

How to Prepare for Mental Health Counseling

Once you have taken the steps to seek professional therapy, what can you expect? Here are some helpful tips from Bridget McNally, case worker at Mental Health Advocates...
Aug 14 2023

Member Spotlight: Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network

Why did your organization become a member of The Anti-Stigma Coalition? We see mental health issues with our clients and staff every day and are aware it is a growing...
Jun 26 2023

Celebrating Success with our 6th Annual Member Breakfast

Community members celebrated the success of the Join the Conversation campaign at a member breakfast on June 7 at WNED studios. The event focused on workplace wellness...
Jun 26 2023

Expanding into Chautauqua County

The Anti-Stigma Coalition’s Join the Conversation awareness campaign is expanding to Chautauqua County with a $7,000 grant from the New York State Office of Mental...
May 31 2023

Campaign to End Mental Health Stigma Expands Into Chautauqua County

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May 01 2023

Grief, Loss, and Stigma One Year After May 14th

This past year, Western New Yorkers have experienced extraordinary loss, grief, and trauma, especially the Black community and East Buffalo community.

Apr 27 2023

Member Spotlight: WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc

We recently spoke with Julie Rosinski, LCSW-R, PMH-C Co-Director, WNY Postpartum Connection, Inc. about stigma and postpartum mental health concerns.

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