Take Care Of Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

It’s time to deck the halls and trim the trees - the holidays are in full swing. Joyful time with family and friends can often be overshadowed by unrealistic expectations and financial concerns that can have a negative impact on our mental health. This year, add...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Peers in Cayuga County

Peers in Cayuga County supports individuals with mental illness and requesting recovery-based activities that will enhance their social and practical life skills toward their becoming better community members. Services include support job support, SSI, SSDI, GED...

Ending Stigma For Veterans and Their Families

November is the month we celebrate veterans and express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. They often face significant mental health challenges when they complete their service or return from deployment. Stigma may prevent them from sharing their struggles...

Veterans and Mental Health by Max Donatelli

Veterans Day is celebrated this year on November 11th. This is a day to recognize and thank the veterans that have served our country. As a USAF veteran myself, that served in Vietnam during a very tumultuous time in our nation's history, it is especially meaningful...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Deaf Access Services

Coalition member Deaf Access Services is an organization helping meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people. We recently spoke with Pamela Kefi, Executive Director, to learn about the agency’s mission and why they are working to eliminate stigma.Q: Why is your...


Local News Coverage

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


LGBT Support Group
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Center for Self Discovery in the Butler Building @ the Buffalo Psychiatric Center
For more information please contact : Lorraine at 716-816-2217

Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Free YOGA in DIG brought to you by the BNMC set up at 5 pm class starts at 5:15 p.m. Don’t forget your yoga mat!
Dig at The Innovation Center – 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY (716) 989-7847

Karl Shallowhorn – From Hope to Healing: A Mental Health Journey @ Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hear the inspiring story of Karl Shallowhorn who has successfully met the challenges associated with co-occurring bipolar and addiction.

About this Event

Karl Shallowhorn experienced a major psychotic episode at the age of 18 while being a freshman at General Motors Institute. The next seven years found Karl cycling through many Buffalo-area mental health hospitals and was diagnosed with bipolar and co-occurring addiction disorder.

You will hear Karl share his story of triumph against all odds from the rooms of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, ECMC and the Buffalo General Hospital Community Mental Health Center to becoming the Education Program Coordinator at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Chairperson of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, and Board member of the Mental Health Association in New York State, among others.

This program will serve to both educate and inspire.

This is a free event with the opportunity to make a free-will donation to the Pilgrim-St. Luke’s UCC Sanctuary Ministry.

Light refreshments will be provided.


NO Education meeting
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meetings will resume in January 2020, after the holidays.

Family Education Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except in December. Open to all.

WNYCPC Community Services Family Support Group
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

(Door is on Bailey Ave side of building at the end of Ashley Furniture Store)