December 1, 2023

So far, 4,086 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.

Join the community of 3,900+ people who have spoken up to stop stigma.

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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Impact of Current World Events on Veterans & Military Families

November 9, 2023 | 12:00PM

Panelists will discuss how the current world events impact veterans and military families. Whether you are serving now, or have in the past, the unrest in the world can bring on many emotions and stresses. Hear from our panelists as they help to break down common mental health issues and help to point out some key resources in getting 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

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...
Oct 20 2023

Member Spotlight: Preventionfocus, Inc.

Prevention is a proactive approach that keeps healthy people healthy and gives those at higher risk a better chance of avoiding dangerous and unhealthy behaviors....
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...

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