A Sister’s Story

It’s been more than twenty years since my younger sister, Beverly, died by suicide. It was 1993, I was 20 years old and my life was going well. I lived in an apartment with a best friend and I was doing well in college. I used to go to sleep with a smile on my face....

Spotlight: A Q&A with Say Yes Buffalo

The mission of the Say Yes Buffalo partnership is to strengthen the Western New York economy by investing in the education of Buffalo’s future workforce. The primary goals of the partnership are to convene the school district, parents, teachers, administrators, state,...

The Stigma of Suicide: Ending the Silence

One person dies by suicide every five hours in New York State and suicide is the state's 12th leading cause of death. “Suicide is the ultimate outcome of stigma,” said Jessica C. Pirro, LMSW, Chief Executive Officer, Crisis Services and Vice-Chair of the Erie County...

Member Spotlight with Child and Family Services

Child and Family Services dedicates its resources to meet the needs of children and families. One of Western New York’s oldest human service agencies, Child and Family Services fosters safe and healthy environments for children and families in local homes, schools,...

Keep Resolutions Manageable for Healthy Outlook

Making New Year’s resolutions is a tradition, and many people consider the New Year is the best time to make positive changes. Common New Year’s goals range from getting more exercise, improving finances, to eating healthier. University of Scranton psychology...


Local News Coverage

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


Mental Health First Aid Training @ Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Community Health Center of Buffalo is offering Mental Health First Aid training! MHFA helps you identify and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This FREE 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care. This training is for adults age 18 and above only.

Seating is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Sunday Lamwaka at 716-986-9199 ext. 4351 or slamwaka@chcb.net

RSVP by February 18, 2020


Living with OCD Support Group
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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The Living with OCD Support Group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Free parking is available in the Saturn Lot behind law office of Harvey F. Siegel (brick building) directly behind Mental Health Association.

For more information, please call 886-1242.

Fam Sup – Hamburg
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Facilitated, confidential support for family members and caregivers concerned about and/or caring for a person with mental illness. Held 3rd Thursday of each month.

Use Bayview Rd. entrance; enter at Door 3 and go to Room 124.

OVN Veterans Village Project Snocross Championship Series
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
Wellness Support Group
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wellness Support Group
Every Friday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
160 Delaware Rd
Kenmore, NY 14217

A general support group where one can discuss ones problems and hardships. Open to Everyone!!!

Contact 844-588-8427 with questions

Wellness Support Group
Fridays 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
160 Delaware Rd
Kenmore, NY 14217

A general support group where one can discuss ones problems and hardships. Open to Everyone!!!

Contact 844-588-8427 with questions