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Overcoming Stigma for Serenity by Nicole Shields

Overcoming Stigma for Serenity by Nicole Shields

Growing up I felt like something was off. I never felt right or like I fit in. I was quiet & easily blended in. When I began drinking alcohol & using substances as an early teen, it made me feel like I could talk to anyone. It made me feel good because it...

World Conflicts Can Impact Veterans’ Mental Health

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 each year — significantly higher than past-year estimates for the general population at less than 4%.

Encouraging Mental Wellness In The Black Community

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 emotional distress, such as sadness, hopelessness and feeling like everything is an effort. Yet, only one...

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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 spreads hope and vital information to people affected by suicide.

BIPOC Community Face Unique Mental Health Struggles

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 and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.

Celebrating Success with our 6th Annual Member Breakfast

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 and encouraged companies and organizations to continue working to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Krizia Williams of WKBW-TV served as emcee.

Expanding into Chautauqua County

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 Health (OMH). The Coalition’s campaign promotes mental health awareness and fights the stigma surrounding mental illness, which can be a barrier preventing people from seeking the help and treatment they need.

Postpartum Depression and How It Impacts Families

Postpartum Depression and How It Impacts Families

About 15-20% of mothers, or one in five to seven will experience postpartum depression and anxiety. There are still barriers to women seeking help for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). Most recent data indicates that only about 50% of women will seek help....

How Stigma Impacts Caregivers

How Stigma Impacts Caregivers

The CDC reports that nearly one in four of adults provide care or assistance to a person with a long-term illness or disability. In addition, about one in three individuals spend at least 20 hours a week caring for a loved one.

Make Your Mental Health a Priority in the New Year

Make Your Mental Health a Priority in the New Year

A Healthy Mind survey revealed that nearly two out of five Americans rated their mental health as only fair or poor. More than one in four reported they anticipated experiencing more stress at the start of 2023, up from one in five last year.

How Tragic Events Impact Mental Health

How Tragic Events Impact Mental Health

Many people are experiencing mental health challenges as the result of the tragic shooting in Buffalo on May 14, other national tragedies, and continued repercussions from the COVID pandemic. Mental Health America reports that over half of adults with a mental illness...

Niagara County Establishes Suicide Prevention Coalition

Niagara County Establishes Suicide Prevention Coalition

Suicide is a growing health problem. Suicide not only affects the individual person, but their entire support network including family, friends, and community. Data collected through the New York State Department of Health Connector, shows Niagara County as having a...

Athletes Learn to Open Up About Hidden Stressors

Athletes Learn to Open Up About Hidden Stressors

Olympic and Pro Athletes Sharing Their Stories Reduces StigmaOlympic swimming legend Michael Phelps is a tireless advocate for mental health and frequently comments about the stigma that exists about mental illness. On his website, Michael Phelps said “Over the past...

High School Freshman Shares Mental Health Journey

High School Freshman Shares Mental Health Journey

Mental health is a topic I've always been very aware of. Growing up surrounded with struggle has taught me a lot about empathy. Understanding how one is feeling and feeling that as if it’s your own pain is not a foreign concept. I first started going to therapy around...

Managing the Anxiety of the Holiday Season

Managing the Anxiety of the Holiday Season

The winter holiday season can be a wonderful time filled with parties and social gatherings with family and friends. Yet for some people, it can be a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. The COVID pandemic has made celebrating more...

Stigma Strikes Veterans Across Generations

Stigma Strikes Veterans Across Generations

Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. The statistics are alarming: Between 11 and 20% of Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs...

October Is National Depression Screening Month

October Is National Depression Screening Month

Free, Confidential Tool Available Online If you have symptoms of depression, a free, quick, confidential online screening tool can put you on the path to better health. October is National Depression Screening Month and a time to access online depression screening and...

Stigma and Postpartum Depression

Stigma and Postpartum Depression

CDC research shows that nationally, about 1 in 8 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. While 80 percent of new moms may experience baby blues during the first two weeks following the birth of their child, postpartum depression impacts 15-20 percent of...

Understanding Mental Health in Older Adults

Understanding Mental Health in Older Adults

According to the World Health Organization, at least one in four older adults experiences some mental disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or dementia. Among the elderly, depression is a major public health concern leading to increased disability and morbidity....

How Faith Communities Respond to Stigma

How Faith Communities Respond to Stigma

According to the American Psychiatric Association, people experiencing mental health concerns often turn first to a faith leader. These leaders, as well as fellow community members, can play an important role in encouraging people to reach out for help and talk about...

Pandemic  Impacts  Mental  Health  of  Frontline  Workers

Pandemic Impacts Mental Health of Frontline Workers

Registered nurse Karen DiLiberta has constant worry that she will be exposed. A wound care nurse at Eastern Niagara Hospital, she and her coworkers quickly adapted to extensive PPE requirements and patient care protocol, which she describes as exhausting. She also has...

Preparing for Therapy: What You Need to Know

Preparing for Therapy: What You Need to Know

These are difficult times for us all. Mental health disorders are on the rise countrywide given the COVID-19 pandemic and current political climate. The silver lining may be that the stigma of mental illness is decreasing and more people are seeking help than ever...

Mental Wellness and Self-Care in the New Year

Mental Wellness and Self-Care in the New Year

Before the start of the pandemic, one in five Americans lived with a diagnosable mental health condition. These rates have skyrocketed as individuals from all walks of life have experienced disruption and insecurity in their lives due to the collective trauma caused...

Make Your Mental Health a Priority During the Holidays

Make Your Mental Health a Priority During the Holidays

As concerns about staying safe and healthy continue, we enter a holiday season like none other. Beloved traditions of gathering with family and friends may not be possible, yet this year may present an opportunity to adjust expectations and embrace new ways to...

Mental Illness Stigma Common for Cancer Survivors

Mental Illness Stigma Common for Cancer Survivors

As of January 2019, the National Cancer Institute estimated that there were 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. By 2030, this number of cancer survivors is projected to increase to 22.2 million. Along with serious physical challenges, mental health...

A Story of Cancer Survival and Mental Wellness

A Story of Cancer Survival and Mental Wellness

Jessica C. Pirro, LMSW, chief executive officer of Crisis Services and co-chair of the Anti-Stigma Coalition, shares her story of cancer survival and mental wellness. We all have different response levels to stress. How we respond also is biological, including our own...

Stigma Impacts Domestic Violence Survivors

Stigma Impacts Domestic Violence Survivors

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of domestic violence in our community and remind survivors that they are not alone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone at any time and impacts individuals...

Back to School During COVID-19

Back to School During COVID-19

Uncertainty about the upcoming school year is causing mental health challenges for many students, parents, teachers and staff. Will students be able to safely return to the classroom? The possibility of remote learning at the grammar school, high school and college...