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10 Actions to Improve Your Emotional Health and Resilience

Ken Houseknecht, Executive Director, Mental Health Advocates of WNY Get enough (and better) sleep. Most people need 7-8 hours every night. Unplug from technology an hour (or more) before bedtime. Don't sleep with your phone nearby. Try to go to bed and get up at a...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Restoration Society, Inc.

Restoration Society, Inc. programs are rehabilitation communities founded upon the recovery vision that all individuals can lead active lives filled with hope and satisfaction and make valuable contributions to our community.  We recently spoke with Nancy Singh, M.A.,...

Mental Wellness During Uncertain Times

Fear, uncertainty, anger, sadness, and loneliness - these emotions are common as our community and country reacts to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t let stigma prevent you from reaching out for help. “The barrier to seek help is a lot...

Signs of Mental Illness in Adults & Adolescents

Are you concerned that you or a loved one has a mental illness? Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following: Excessive worrying or fear Feeling excessively sad or low Confused thinking or...

Join the Conversation Campaign Expands Into Niagara County

More friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers will have the opportunity to Join the Conversation to end the stigma of mental illness. The Join the Conversation campaign will expand into Niagara County with a $45,000 grant from the New York State Office of...

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Local News Coverage

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

WBFO
November 23, 2019

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

WGRZ
November 8, 2019

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

Wbfo
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

WBFO
September 11, 2019

Watch Our Facebook Live Chat on Mental Health Issues

Spectrum News
August 5, 2019

Discussing mental health following mass shootings

WGRZ
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.

WGRZ
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

WGRZ
Oct 18, 2017

Depression: There’s Help and Hope

WGRZ
Oct 10, 2017

Malarchuk Talks Mental Health Awareness

WGRZ
Aug 7, 2017

Let’s Talk Stigma: A Story of Recovery

Danny Spewak, WGRZ
Aug 7, 2017

College and mental health

WGRZ
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

WGRZ
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

Events

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ZOOM: Family Support Video Chat @ https://zoom.us/j/871122216
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bridget McNally is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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ZOOM: Teen Support Group @ https://zoom.us/j/376318458
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Apr
9
Thu
F2F WS CANCEL Family-to-Family Class
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

As of March, 2020 due to COVID-19 THIS CLASS IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Call 226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com for details or to be notified when registration opens for a future class.

National best-practice award-winning 8-week class for family members of those living with serious, persistent mental illness. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the course, which is taught by experienced, trained family members. Classes cover everything from diagnosis and medications to legal and health system concerns, and how to support your loved one for the best possible outcomes, as well as wellness and stress management for caregivers. Participants need to commit to attending all 8 weeks of class.

Topics include:
– illnesses; incl. schizophrenia, major depression,
  bipolar disorder, panic/anxiety disorder,
  obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline
  personality disorder, PTSD
– coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse
– basic info about medications and working with
  treatment professionals
– listening and communication techniques
– problem-solving techniques
– recover and rehabilitation
– caregivers’ self-care around worry and stress

Brief video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae1ru1SBaaI

Family-to-Family classes are offered several times a year. Again, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Preference is given to NAMI Buffalo & Erie County members until 3 weeks before class starts. For more information, or to register, call 716-226-6264 or email namibuffalony@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend this class and would like notice of future classes, contact our office to be placed on the list for advance notification.

ZOOM: Family Support Video Chat @ https://zoom.us/j/118643464
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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CANCEL Fam Education meeting
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As of March, 2020 due to COVID-19 THIS MEETING IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

7 – 7:30 p.m. Coffee/library time
7:30 p.m. Presentation:

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Family Education Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except in December. Open to all.