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.
“The more that we can make opportunities to educate and inform about mental health, to keep it in our conversations, and to meet our community members where they are receiving their information is vital to overcome any misconceptions or negative perception that exists about it.” said Carmelo Hernandez, Chautauqua County Director of Mental Hygiene Services and Commissioner of Social Services. “We welcome this initiative and look forward to the positive results seen in other counties here.”
The decision was made to expand the campaign into Chautauqua County to reach its 53,000 households. The Coalition will use the grant funds to increase digital and social media, include Chautauqua County resources on the website, produce county specific materials, and conduct outreach and other events in the county.