Spotlight: A Q&A with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

We recently spoke with Missy Stolf, Area Director, Western & Central New York Chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention about stigma and how the community has embraced the message of the Join the Conversation Campaign.Q: Why did your organization...

Facebook Live: Breaking Down Barriers & Learning To Be Comfortable Asking For Help

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...

Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Steve Biegner, mission pastor at Main Street Ministries: St. Paul’s Campus and executive director of the WNY Impact Foundation, works with individuals who are struggling with grief and loss. According to Biegner, the traditional ways to grieve are unavailable. People...

Frontline Workers Experience Mental Health Struggles

Medical staff, first responders and frontline workers quickly became the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. While caring for patients with COVID-19 and providing necessary services in the community, many essential workers have experienced mental health challenges....

Spotlight: A Q&A with The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB)

Since 1999, the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB) has been one of the leading health care providers in Buffalo, dedicated to providing a safety net to the uninsured and under insured by offering comprehensive primary care services in medicine and...


Local News Coverage

May 25, 2020

Coronavirus Causing Mental Health Issues - Help In Dealing With Those From Karl Shallowhorn

February 18, 2020

Office of Mental Health announces $45,000 to Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Clarence Bee
February 12, 2020

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition Receives Grant To Expand Programming Into Niagara County

Spectrum News
February 10, 2020

Office of Mental Health: $45,000 award to Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Niagara Frontier Publications
December 27, 2019

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition hopes to meet pledge goal by end of 2019

November 23, 2019

The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition was formed to stop the stigma surrounding mental illness.

November 8, 2019

VA report on veteran suicides shows mixed trends, busy prevention efforts

October 30, 2019

Jessica C. Pirro, LMSW Named to Coalition

Karl Shallowhorn Elected to Coalition

Buffalo News
October 3, 2019

Symposium brings veterans, care providers together

September 11, 2019

Watch Our Facebook Live Chat on Mental Health Issues

Spectrum News
August 5, 2019

Discussing mental health following mass shootings

August 5, 2019

Representative Talks How Stigma Around Mental Health Turns To Prejudice

Camalot Todd | Spectrum News
August 5, 2019

Mental Health Experts Talk About Breaking The Stigma #IAm1in5

Camalot Todd | Spectrum News
July 20, 2019

Valedictorian shares battle with depression, message of hope at graduation

Sean Kirst | Buffalo News
May 14, 2019

Mental health advocates celebrate success of anti-stigma campaign

Omar Fetouh | WBFO
May 12, 2019

Removing the stigma of mental illness

Nancy Cardillo | Buffalo Magazine
May 11, 2019

The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition is asking everyone to take their pledge to end stigma.

May 11, 2019

Editorial: Breaking the silence on mental illness

The Buffalo News
December 31, 2018

Letter: State Senate must act following Parker’s remark

The Buffalo News
April 2, 2018

Letter: Stigma of mental illness paints inaccurate portrait

The Buffalo News
Jan 2, 2018

Lets Talk Stigma Campaign

Dec 8, 2017

Mental health challenges are misunderstood in WNY

Scott Scanlon, The Buffalo News
Dec 3, 2017

Anxiety Counseling Program for Local Students

Ron Plants, WGRZ
Nov 7, 2017

Another Voice: Changing the way we talk about mental illness

Michael Cummings and Max Donatelli, The Buffalo News
Nov 2, 2017

Billboard Campaign part of Larger County Effort to end Stigma of Mental Illness

Mark Goshgarian, Spectrum News Buffalo
Oct 22, 2017

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Oct 18, 2017

Depression: There’s Help and Hope

Oct 10, 2017

Malarchuk Talks Mental Health Awareness

Aug 7, 2017

Let’s Talk Stigma: A Story of Recovery

Danny Spewak, WGRZ
Aug 7, 2017

College and mental health

June 16, 2017

Letter: It’s important to remove stigma of mental illness

Max Donatelli, The Buffalo News
June 9, 2017

Superhero Race, Wellness Walk held in Buffalo

May 30, 2017

How do you change perception and stigma around mental health? Educate the public

Avery Schneider, WBFO
Jan 26, 2016

County encouraging conversations to end the stigma

Ali Ingersoll, WIVB


Foundations in Working with LGBTQ Persons @ Virtual event through Zoom
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Participants will build greater awareness of working with the unique needs and opportunities experienced by LGBTQ populations using a cultural humility approach.

(6.0 continuing education hours)

Location: Virtual event through Zoom

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will use 1-2 principles of trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing in engaging and working with LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities

2. Participants will increase self-awareness with respect to own beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions related to working with LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities, and how this may impact work with LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities

3. Participants will gain knowledge of LGBTQ-related community resources for support and further education

ZOOM: Operation Children Of the Military
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MHA WNY is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 980 6612 6511
Password: OPCOM2020!
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ZOOM: 20-Something Support Group
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

20-Something Support Group is open to transition-age youth ages 18-28. Youth Peer Advocates facilitate this strength-based and recovery centered group to provide validation and support to emerging adults facing mental health and/or substance use struggles.

For more info or to RSVP:
call (716) 886-1242 X 345, 
or call/text: (716) 245-5339
You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information

CONFERENCE LINE:Writing and Well-Being
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us as we work on prompts weekly and share them with one another, offering each other positive reinforcement.


  1. Call MHA’s main phone number at 886-1242
  2. Enter the extension 401
  3. Enter the password 1234#

This event has a video call.
+1 208-715-5740 PIN: 426599722#
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FUN ZOOM GAMES WITH ACE – Come and Join Us for an Hour of Fun and Games!
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Restoration Society, Inc.

FUN ZOOM GAMES WITH ACE – Come and Join Us for an Hour of Fun and Games!

Saturdays from 2 pm – 3 pm

Just go onto Zoom and join a meeting with:

Meeting ID: 331 953 201
Password: 945953


Find the link on our Facebook Page!