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Spotlight: A Q&A with Erie County Office for People with Disabilities.

We recently spoke with Matthew G. Smith, CPP, Executive Director, Preventionfocus, about supporting young people with mental health issues.

Stigma Impacts Homeless Population

Festivities, family reunions and joyful celebrations are all part of the holidays, but for many people, the holiday season can also bring anxiety and depression.

Spotlight: A Q&A with Preventionfocus.

We recently spoke with Matthew G. Smith, CPP, Executive Director, Preventionfocus, about supporting young people with mental health issues.

Mental Illness on the Rise Among Adolescents

Festivities, family reunions and joyful celebrations are all part of the holidays, but for many people, the holiday season can also bring anxiety and depression.

Spotlight: Current Need for Mental Health Services in our Community. A Q&A with Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County.

We recently spoke with Marlene A. Schillinger, President/CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, about the current need for mental health services in our community.

Media

Local News Coverage

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

Apr
23
Tue
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program @ Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.

To register, call: 716-226-6264

Reservation is required. Space is limited and it is important to attend all 12 sessions.

Apr
25
Thu
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training @ Community Health Center of Buffalo
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Community Health Center of Buffalo is offering Mental Health First Aid training! MFHA 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.

Seating is limited. Lunch is provided.

RSVP by April 23, 2019

Apr
30
Tue
Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Hennepin Youth Center
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Must be present for the full 8 hours.

Pizza provided for lunch.

There is free parking on Hennepin and Ludington Street. There is a small parking lot on the Hennepin side.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training @ Hennepin Community Center
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training is open to the community!

$20 is for the cost of the manual; other costs generously sponsored by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Presented by Compeer of Greater Buffalo.

Must register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-mental-health-first-aid-community-tickets-58385286965?aff=ebapi

New Volunteer Orientation @ Hennepin Community Center
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This session is intended for volunteer applicants in the final stages of the screening process. This three hour session will provide basic information about the purpose of Compeer, eligibility for the program, an overview of the clients we serve, preparing for your match experience, and expectations of Compeer volunteers. Invitation only. If interested in being considered for this course contact Lisa at lisa@compeerbuffalo.org, (716) 883-3331 X312, or complete a volunteer application to begin the screening process.