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...

Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition Elects New Leaders

Melinda DuBois, Executive Director, Mental Health Advocates of Western New York has been named Chair of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition; Cheri Alvarez, MS, Chief Operating Officer of Compeer has been appointed Vice Chair and Molly S. Carr, Ph.D., Chief Executive...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is a Catholic-sponsored human service agency serving anyone in need in the eight counties of Western New York. Believing all persons are created by God, they empower individuals, children, and families to achieve and maintain meaningful,...

“You’re Never Alone” – Brooke Ketterer shares her college success story

Going to college is both exciting and terrifying—let’s be honest. Having anxiety is completely normal and everyone experiences it differently. Anxiety does not need to control your life, we deserve to live the life we want not the life our mental health wants us to....

Stigma and Postpartum Depression

CDC research shows that nationally, about 1 in 8 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. While 80 percent of new moms may experience baby blues during the first two weeks following the birth of their child, postpartum depression impacts 15-20 percent of...


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


Food Distribution For Veterans & Their Immediate Families
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Writing & Well-Being Workshop: Zoom
Sep 27 @ 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
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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WNY Heroes Rep. in Genesee Co.
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Back to School: Navigating a New Normal – WBFO 3-part Series
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Back to School: Navigating a New Normal will be three virtual panel discussions on mental health and wellness resources and student supports on Sept. 29 (elementary and middle school), Oct. 6 (high school), and Oct. 13 (university and higher education) all from 6 – 7 pm.

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media will present a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. Academic transitions present challenges for students, teachers, and parents and these pressures are heightened by new routines under the pandemic. Increased isolation has been difficult for many families, especially children. Effects of the pandemic can be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

This virtual discussion series will explore topics related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning. Topics include mental health and behavioral supports in schools, resources for parents, caregivers and families, and support and training for faculty and staff. The panels at each event will offer information on mental health resources and services. Additionally, audience and participant questions will be addressed as time allows.