Events

Sep
21
Sat
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Community Health Center of Buffalo is offering Mental Health First Aid training! MHFA helps you identify and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.This FREE 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

This is a two day training starting on September 21st from 9:00am to 1:00pm and ends on September 28th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. You must be present on both days to complete the training and receive certification.

This training is for adults age 18 and above only. 

Seating is limited. Refreshment will be provided.

For more information, please contact Sunday Lamwaka at 716-986-9199 ext. 4351 or slamwaka@chcb.net

RSVP by September 19, 2019

Sep
23
Mon
F2F W SENECA Family-to-Family Class
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

National best-practice award-winning 12-week class for family members of those living with serious, persistent mental illness. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to commit to attending all 12 weeks of class.

Topics include:
– illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
personality disorder, PTSD
– coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
– basic info about medications and working with
treatment professionals
– listening and communication techniques
– problem-solving techniques
– recover and rehabilitation
– caregivers' self-care around worry and stress

Brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae1ru1SBaaI

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, or to register, call 716-226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend this class and would like notice of future classes, contact our office to be placed on the list for advance notification.

Sep
24
Tue
LGBT Support Group
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Center for Self Discovery in the Butler Building @ the Buffalo Psychiatric Center
For more information please contact : Lorraine at 716-816-2217

YOGA
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Free YOGA in DIG brought to you by the BNMC set up at 5 pm class starts at 5:15 p.m. Don’t forget your yoga mat!
Dig at The Innovation Center – 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY (716) 989-7847

F2F NF
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

National best-practice award-winning 12-week class for family members of those living with serious, persistent mental illness. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to feel they can reasonably commit to attending all 12 weeks of class (barring an emergency). This class starts September 17th.

Topics include:
– illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
personality disorder, PTSD
– coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
– basic info about medications and working with
treatment professionals
– listening and communication techniques
– problem-solving techniques
– recover and rehabilitation
– caregivers’ self-care around worry and stress

Brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae1ru1SBaaI

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year in various locations. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, or to register, call 716-226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend this class and would like notice of future classes when scheduled, contact our office to be placed on the list for advance notification.

Family Connections™
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

BRAND NEW! A 12-week class for adult family members and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with or having characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Family Connections™ is a program of the National Education Alliance for BPD.

BPD is a serious psychological and psychosocial disorder where people have extreme difficulties regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions (such as shame, anger, sadness or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.

The class is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with BPD.

The Family Connections™ program includes:
•Education and research about BPD
•Skills training based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family Skills
•Teaching and learning of treatment theories and practices, and the latest research findings on BPD
•Support for parents, spouses, children, and siblings of someone with BPD
•The latest knowledge and skills to enable the well being of participants.

Course content focuses on:
•Education and research on BPD
• Effective Communication Skills
•Family Perspectives and Experiences
• Validation Skills
•Relationship Mindfulness Skills
• Problem Management Skills
•Emotion Regulation Skills
• Development of a support network

Survey data from previous courses show that after completing the course, family members experience decreased feelings of depression, burden, and grief, and more feelings of empowerment.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 716-226-6264
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Sep
25
Wed
F2F AMHERST Family-to-Family Class
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

National best-practice award-winning 12-week class for family members of those living with serious, persistent mental illness. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to commit to attending all 12 weeks of class, barring an emergency.

Topics include:
– illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
personality disorder, PTSD
– coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
– basic info about medications and working with
treatment professionals
– listening and communication techniques
– problem-solving techniques
– recover and rehabilitation
– caregivers’ self-care around worry and stress

Brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae1ru1SBaaI

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, or to register, call 716-226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend this class and would like notice of future classes, contact our office to be placed on the list for advance notification.

F2F AMHERST Family-to-Family Class
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Christ United Methodist Church is on the corner of Harlem and Saratoga Roads.)
Parking is available in the lot beside the church off of Saratoga Road, as well as along Harlem and Saratoga. Class will be in the Wesley Room on the first floor. 

National best-practice award-winning 12-week class for family members of those living with serious, persistent mental illness. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to commit to attending all 12 weeks of class, barring an emergency.

Topics include:
– illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
  bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
  obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
  personality disorder, PTSD
– coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
– basic info about medications and working with
  treatment professionals
– listening and communication techniques
– problem-solving techniques
– recover and rehabilitation
– caregivers’ self-care around worry and stress

Brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae1ru1SBaaI

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, or to register, call 716-226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend this class and would like notice of future classes, contact our office to be placed on the list for advance notification.

Sep
26
Thu
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Parent Network of WNY
Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Free program and lunch will be provided

To register, call 716.332.4170 or  visit www.parentnetworkwny.org/events

This workshop will teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Bipolar Support Group
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Bipolar Support Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month, from 12-1:30p.m.Please contact Leslie at 886-1242 or lwexler@eriemha.org.

Free parking is available in the Saturn Lot behind law office of Harvey F. Siegel (brick building) directly behind Mental Health Association.
Please contact Lisa Maria Cruz, Support Group Facilitator, at 886-1242 ext. 310 for more details.