The Coalition - ERIE COUNTY ANTI STIGMA COALITION

Membership

Organizational Membership

Does your organization, church, temple, or community group want combine forces with us to get people to Join the Conversation about mental illness? If so, we want your organization to become a member of the Erie County Anti Stigma Coalition. It is easy and all we need is for the leader of your organization to complete the Organizational Membership form and return to info@letstalkstigma.org. Once received, a member of the Coalition will be in contact with you to discuss the variety of ways that your group can participate.

Individual Membership

Do you want to help get the word out about the negative effects of stigma? You can! Please Take the Pledge and when you share your email address, you will get our monthly newsletter filled with helpful articles, information and special event dates.

It is going to take a massive community effort to move the needle on stigma, please become a part of the solution.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Deaf Access Services

According to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), “people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing1 are an underserved cultural and linguistic population within the nation’s mental health system”. However , studies show that due to higher rates of oppression, isolation and even abuse, Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals may experience mental health concerns at higher rates than their hearing counterparts. Deaf Access Services supports the efforts of the Anti-Stigma Campaign to address systemic barriers to care, through increased culturally and linguistically affirmative services, and to educate the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community about the symptoms of mental health and ways to access supports in the community.

Pamela Kefi | Executive Director | Deaf Access Services

Parent Network of Western New York

Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals.

Parent Network of WNY provides 1-on-1 Support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.

Parents can lead the way in opening communication with their children’s mental illness.

Susan Barlow | Executive Director | Parent Network of WNY

NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Buffalo & Erie County is pleased to become an organizational member of the Anti-Stigma Coalition and to represent the voices of so many families who continue to combat stigma. Eliminating stigma is one of NAMI Buffalo’s key goals and our participation with the Coalition is a natural fit. We look forward to making progress together.

Michele Brooks | Executive Director | National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Buffalo & Erie County