Facebook Live – Mental Health During the Pandemic

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition hosted a Facebook Live event on Friday, May 21 to discuss The State of Stigma and Mental Health: What Has Changed During the Pandemic. Panelists included Alana Chazen, Community Engagement...

How Faith Communities Respond to Stigma

According to the American Psychiatric Association, people experiencing mental health concerns often turn first to a faith leader. These leaders, as well as fellow community members, can play an important role in encouraging people to reach out for help and talk about...

Spotlight: A Q&A with People Inc.

This month, we feature People Inc., the leading non-profit human services agency serving Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we...

Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health – May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Open Buffalo

Open Buffalo is a civic initiative to make major, long-term improvements in justice and equity in the City of Buffalo. It is an unprecedented collaboration among a diverse group of partners and allies.  The organization’s mission is to advance racial, economic, and...


Local News Coverage

May 21, 2021

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition hosts panel about mental health challenges during a pandemic

April 23, 2021

Watch: Buffalo Strong Conversations: Health & Wellness

March 30, 2021

Bringing the mental health 'conversation' to Niagara County

Lockport Journal
March 27, 2021

Campaign to end mental health stigma expands to Niagara County

Niagara Gazette
October 8, 2020

Advice for school families dealing with mental anguish this school year

October 8, 2020

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition discussion focuses on stigma from online learning issues

August 9, 2020

Amidst a crisis, new WNY Mental Health Advocates leader wants to evolve services

July 22, 2020

Talking about mental health issues in the workplace

July 22. 2020

How Western New Yorkers Can Deal With Their Mental Health as They Head Back to the Workplace

Spectrum News
July 22, 2020

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition holds discussion on managing stress back at work

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


Zoom 20-Something Support Group
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Register here:

For more information: or call/text 716-245-5339  

Writing Workshop
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Call MHA’s main phone number at 886-1242
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Each week we prepare prompts for our Saturday groups. You are welcome to join us with written work or just to listen! Contact Bridget at 716-886-1242×347 for more information. 

No Food Distribution
Jun 20 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Free Father’s Day Shave & Hair Cut!
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Are you a Veteran in need of a haircut & shave? WNY Heroes is teaming up with our friends at Cuts and Lather in Williamsville and paying for our dads this Father’s Day! You can sit back and enjoy being taken car of, get an espresso, and get a clean cut and shave on us. All you have to do is call Tony and his team will take care of you while WNY Heroes takes care of the tab! Cuts and Lather: 796-8737

Zoom Writing Workshop
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Each week we prepare prompts for our Saturday groups. You are welcome to join us with written work or just to listen! Contact Bridget at or 716-886-1242×347 for more information. You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.