Stigma Strikes Veterans Across Generations

Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7. Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. The statistics are alarming: Between 11 and 20% of Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Spectrum Health and Human Services

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Spotlight: A Q&A with Leadership Buffalo

Leadership Buffalo is Making Buffalo Better. Through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement, Leadership Buffalo is uniting leaders to take action. Six programs educate individuals and provide resources to make a difference. Participants explore the...

October Is National Depression Screening Month

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Stop Stigma: Safe Messaging About Suicide – September is Suicide Prevention Month

Stop Stigma: Safe Messaging About Suicide September is Suicide Prevention MonthWords are powerful. How we talk about a sensitive and complex topic such as suicide can have traumatizing or triggering effects on those who struggle with their mental health or individuals...


Local News Coverage

November 11, 2021

On Veterans Day, fellow warriors aim to destigmatize mental wounds of combat

Buffalo News
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


Writing & Well-Being Workshop: Zoom
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our writing workshops are free and open to everyone. We use writing prompts to express ourselves, increase socialization and self-esteem, and support our mental health recovery.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Bridget at or 716-886-1242×347.

ZOOM: MHA Writing Group
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Bd of Directors
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NAMI Board of Directors meetings are usually held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Amherst, NY. They are open to NAMI members. If you wish to attend, we strongly recommend calling ahead (716-226-6264) to verify, in case there is change to date or location; or cancellation due to weather.

Online Family Support Group
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Video Chat Support Group for Caregivers of Children, Teens and Young Adults ages 18-26.

This is a stressful time for everyone with young and old struggling to cope with the
changes we are all facing. In times like these, maintaining mental well-being and self-
care for yourself and family is paramount. MHA certified family peer advocates are now
available to offer support through online video chats and phone appointments.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have any questions please contact Jenny Laney, or 716-886-1242 x313

Zoom Fam Support Gp Online
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

All NAMI Buffalo & Erie County in-person meetings canceled due to COVID until further notice.   

You can pre-register for a Zoom online Family Support Group by emailing with 
1) the date of the Family Support Group you wish to attend, 
2) your name and 
3) a phone number for us to call and arrange to get you registered. 

For Niagara Falls metro area: this online Family Support Group is available for Niagara County residents at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with loaner computers and tech help. Transportation is also available for those who want to participate in online Family Support Groups in the Falls but aren’t sure how to use, or do not have access to, computers or wi-fi  Use of the tech access space and transportation for Niagara Falls must be reserved by 3 pm the day before the group attending. Wearing a mask and social distancing are required. Contact Taylor at 716-343-3061 to reserve tech access space and to arrange transportation, if needed.

Please stay safe and well.

Facilitated, confidential support for family members and caregivers concerned about and/or caring for a person with mental illness. 

There is no fee for this service, though participants are encouraged to join NAMI Buffalo & Erie County or make a donation, if able. No one is denied membership due to financial hardship. Membership includes local, state, and national NAMI.

This group is not appropriate for a person who has a diagnosis unless they are a caregiver of a loved one who has mental illness. Referrals to other services available. For any questions, call the office at 716-226-6264.