January 2022 – The State of Stigma: Keeping Communication Channels Open for High School Students

Join us for a discussion on Wednesday, January 19 at 12pm, about the growing need for mental health support services in high schools and how families can start a conversation with a student who may be struggling. A panel of educators, clinicians and a high school student will share their stories and offer suggestions. The event is free and open to the public.

  • More than 1 in 3 high school students had experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2019, a 40 percent increase since 2009.
  • In 2019, approximately 1 in 6 youth reported making a suicide plan in the past year, a 44% increase since 2009.

Our regular Facebook live events bring together experts from the mental health field and broader community to share information and about mental health topics and efforts to reduce stigma.

A panel discussion hosted by Karl Shallowhorn, Director of Youth Programs, Mental Health Advocates of WNY.

Our featured speakers include:
Olive Luniewski, Student, Hamburg High School
Dr. Keli Koran Luchey, Counselor, Sweet Home High School
Lisa A. Benedetto, LCSW, Crisis Prevention and Response Coordinator, Buffalo Schools
Anne Monin, Family Support Center Coordinator, Lancaster School District See less