More than 900 people joined the Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 27. A panel of mental health professionals talked about Breaking Down Barriers & Learning To Be Comfortable Asking For Help. 

One in five Western New Yorkers have a mental illness, yet stigma can prevent people from seeking help. In our current environment, frontline workers and individuals who have never struggled with mental health issues are experiencing symptoms and may be hesitant to reach out for help.

Featured speakers included Karl Shallowhorn, Chair of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition and President of Shallowhorn Consulting, LLC; Jackie Crane, Program Supervisor for the Mobile Transitional Support Team at Crisis Services; Lindsay Herndon, Director of Outpatient Services for Mental Health and Substance Use at BryLin Behavioral Health System; Jennifer Levesque, Director of Clinical Services at Jewish Family Service.

Jackie Crane shared that mental wellness is a marathon, not a sprint.

“Stressors might not be going away. Don’t wait for things to get really bad. Build up your coping skills to turn to de-stress,” Crane said.

If you missed the event live, you can view it below or visit the Coalition’s Facebook Page.