Aug
17
Wed
ZOOM: Survivors of Sexual Assault Support Group
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Survivors of sexual assault and rape may feel alone and isolated. You are not alone. This group brings survivors together to discuss their experiences and offer each other support. 18+ only, please

First and third Wednesday
5:30-6:30PM 
RSVP to SASpeergroup@gmail.com
or Bridget at 716-1242×347
You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information

This event has a video call.
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Aug
19
Fri
FREE PLAY FRIDAYS at Explore & More
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

FREE PLAY FRIDAYS take place rain or shine from 11 AM-1PM at the Pierce Lawn, Canalside. Registration is not required!

Aug
20
Sat
Writing & Well-Being Workshop: In-Person
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our writing workshops are free and open to everyone. We use writing prompts to express ourselves, increase socialization and self-esteem, and support our mental health recovery. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bridget at bmcnally@mhawny.org or 716-886-1242×347.

Aug
22
Mon
Writing & Well-Being Workshop: Zoom
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our writing workshops are free and open to everyone. We use writing prompts to express ourselves, increase socialization and self-esteem, and support our mental health recovery.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bridget at bmcnally@mhawny.org or 716-886-1242×347.

ZOOM: MHA Writing Group
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

MHA WNY is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.



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Aug
24
Wed
The State of Stigma: Current State of our World—How Tragic Events Impact our Mental Health
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The State of Stigma: Current State of our World—How Tragic Events Impact our Mental Health @ Facebook Live

The discussion will focus on why individuals experience anxiety, depression, vicarious trauma and offer information about resources in the community. So many people are hurting and feeling helpless – the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition is offering a back-to-basics discussion about why it’s ok to seek help.

The discussion will be moderated by Frank Cammarata, Executive Director at Erie County Office for Disabled and member of the Anti-Stigma Coalition’s Outreach Committee.

Melinda DuBois
Executive Director, Mental Health Advocates of WNY
Chair, Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Rachel Morrison
Director of 24-Hour Crisis Counseling Program, Crisis Services

Laura Kelemen, LCSW-R
Director
Niagara County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Hiding in Plain Site Screening Event
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hiding in Plain Site Screening Event @ WNED Studios
Ken Burns Presents: Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness is a two-part film that follows the journeys of more than 20 young Americans who have struggled with mental illness. These first-person accounts share stories, obstacles, and triumphs of young people and their families and the conversations shown in this film confront stigma, discrimination and raise awareness. Issues around mental illness are complex, and the most important and difficult step individuals face is to start talking about it. Hiding in Plain Sight works as a conversation piece, to start dialogue for young people and their families at home, school, in the workplace, and community organizations.
 
The screening event includes discussions, interactive and creative breakout sessions, and informative activities. All are welcome to participate in this creative, mindful, and empowering youth focused event that will help eliminate stigma and normalize discussing mental health and wellness.
 
The history of genocide, forced migration, and broken treaties since the 17th century continues to affect Indigenous communities in Western New York and across the nation. Consequently, Native Americans see the highest rate of suicide compared to any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S., and ages 15-24 have the highest rate within the community. This information inspired Buffalo Toronto Public Media to partner with Seneca Native ConnectionsNative American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County to host an event catered to Native American youth and their families. 
 
This event is intended for ages 14 and above. It includes video and discussion of sensitive matters. 
Participants will be provided with dinner. For part of this event, the larger group will be broken into different interactive sessions – some aimed at adults and some aimed at young people.
Zoom Fam Support Gp Online
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice.   


You can pre-register for a Zoom online Family Support Group by emailing online@namibuffalony.org with 
1) the date of the Family Support Group you wish to attend, 
2) your name and 
3) a phone number for us to call and arrange to get you registered. 

For Niagara Falls metro area: this online Family Support Group is available for Niagara County residents at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with loaner computers and tech help. Transportation is also available for those who want to participate in online Family Support Groups in the Falls but aren’t sure how to use, or do not have access to, computers or wi-fi  Use of the tech access space and transportation for Niagara Falls must be reserved by 3 pm the day before the group attending. Wearing a mask and social distancing are required. Contact Taylor at 716-343-3061 to reserve tech access space and to arrange transportation, if needed.Please stay safe and well. 

Facilitated, confidential support for family members and caregivers concerned about and/or caring for a person with mental illness. 

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

This group is not appropriate for a person who has a diagnosis unless they are a caregiver of a loved one who has mental illness. Referrals to other services available. For any questions, call the office at 716-226-6264.

Aug
26
Fri
FREE PLAY FRIDAYS at Explore & More
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

FREE PLAY FRIDAYS take place rain or shine from 11 AM-1PM at the Pierce Lawn, Canalside. Registration is not required!

Aug
29
Mon
Writing & Well-Being Workshop: Zoom
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our writing workshops are free and open to everyone. We use writing prompts to express ourselves, increase socialization and self-esteem, and support our mental health recovery.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bridget at bmcnally@mhawny.org or 716-886-1242×347.