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May 14th Membership Celebration at WNED

May 14th Membership Celebration at WNED

Thank you to members who attended the Membership Celebration on May 14 at WNED. A highlight of the event, hosted by Claudine Ewing of WGRZ News, was a panel discussion with campaign spokespersons talking about their mental health challenges. Join the Conversation is...

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Spotlight: A Q&A with Telesco Creative Group

Spotlight: A Q&A with Telesco Creative Group

We recently spoke with Mike Telesco, President of Telesco Creative Group, about his company's involvement with the Anti-Stigma Coalition.  Q: Why did you get involved with the Anti-Stigma Coalition? We were asked by Michelle Brown (former Executive Director of...

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Coalition Receives State Award

Coalition Receives State Award

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) honored the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition and its Join the Conversation Campaign with an inaugural Community Care Award. The Coalition received the award for furthering the OMH mission and making a positive contribution...

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Stigma Impacts Older Adults With Mental Illness

Stigma Impacts Older Adults With Mental Illness

Mental health concerns are becoming more prevalent in older people, yet the stigma of mental illness often prevents them from seeking help. Baby boomers are aging and this population group is exploding—it’s estimated that by 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be...

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Join the Conversation Is Reducing Stigma

Join the Conversation Is Reducing Stigma

Two years ago, sixteen local organizations came together with the mission to stop the stigma of mental illness so more people will seek the help they need.The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition launched a media campaign titled Join the Conversation and created a...

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Stigma Impacts Homeless Population

Stigma Impacts Homeless Population

Homelessness on the streets is all too common. For Maura Kelley, who describes herself as having many mental health diagnoses, stigma affects every aspect of her life. Kelley’s journey has taken her from homelessness, hospitalization and suicide attempts to owning a...

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Spotlight: A Q&A with Preventionfocus.

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. Preventionfocus offers programs and strategies to prevent drug abuse and promote health.  Their mission: Making safe and healthy...

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