Facebook Live – The Effect of Stigma on People that Served in the Military

The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition hosted a Facebook Live event on April 1 to discuss stigma experienced by Veterans, military members, and their families. The panelists were: Katie Coric, LCSW, suicide prevention coordinator at VA Western New York Healthcare...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS)

Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to provide quality health and social services to the off-reservation Native American population in Erie and Niagara Counties. We recently spoke...

Stigma and Veterans, Active-Duty Military and Their Families

If you feel you are in crisis – call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Reach the Veterans Crisis Line online chat or send a text message to the Veterans Crisis Line at 838255. The Veterans Crisis Line provides free, confidential support 24 hours...

Pandemic Impacts Mental Health of Frontline Workers

Registered nurse Karen DiLiberta has constant worry that she will be exposed. A wound care nurse at Eastern Niagara Hospital, she and her coworkers quickly adapted to extensive PPE requirements and patient care protocol, which she describes as exhausting. She also has...

Spotlight: A Q&A with Explore & More-The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum

Explore & More-The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum is a world-class children’s museum that celebrates the power of child-led play. With four floors of fun to explore, the 43,000 sq. ft. museum sits at the crossroads between replica canals and bridges that...


Local News Coverage

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


Zoom Writing Workshop
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Each week we prepare prompts for our Saturday groups. You are welcome to join us with written work or just to listen! Contact Bridget at or 716-886-1242×347 for more information. You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

ZOOM: MHA Writing Group
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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NAMI Family-to-Family
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NAMI Family-to-Family – a class for families, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. Designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA, it facilitates a better understanding of mental health conditions, increases coping skills and empowers participants to become advocates for their family members.

Monday, February 22 for eight weeks and will meet on Mondays from 6-8:30 pm, using Zoom.

A computer device with camera, and private space to participate from, are required.

Pre-registration is required. It is important to attend all sessions.

Email with your name and phone number and request to register for Family-to-Family.

Zoom Stress & Anxiety during COVID-19 with Bridget McNally
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Each week we meet to talk about our unique challenges with isolation, depression, anxiety, and living with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact Bridget at or 716-886-1242×347.You will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid: For Adults Interacting with Youth
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

All 10:00am- 4:00 pm with a prerequisite of a 2-hour self-paced training prior.

Must register to attend:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based training for adults interacting with youth, that follows the National Council for Behavioral Health standards and gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to a youth and help connect them to the appropriate care. This training is for Adults (aged 18+) and will provide information on common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or potential crisis, and how as a Mental Health First Aider, you can use strategies to be a support to youth 12-18 years old.