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Spotlight: A Q&A with Harmonia Collaborative Care

Spotlight: A Q&A with Harmonia Collaborative Care

We recently spoke with Valerie Nowack, LMHC, MPA, CEO of Harmonia Collaborative Care about the stigma of mental illness.  Q: Why did your organization become a member of The Anti-Stigma coalition? As an organization serving individuals with mental illness for nearly...

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Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Steve Biegner, mission pastor at Main Street Ministries: St. Paul’s Campus and executive director of the WNY Impact Foundation, works with individuals who are struggling with grief and loss. According to Biegner, the traditional ways to grieve are unavailable. People...

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Patients Adapt to Telemedicine Counseling

Patients Adapt to Telemedicine Counseling

The coronavirus lockdown has disrupted most facets of everyday life, including mental health counseling and support services. Mental health providers that are members of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition quickly adapted to video technology platforms to continue...

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Mike Billoni Shares his Stigma Story

Mike Billoni Shares his Stigma Story

The following is an excerpt from Michael Billoni’s acceptance speech for the Courage to Come Back Award from the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York on March 11, 2020: I thank God and my angels every day for the miracles since my near-fatal bicycle accident...

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Spotlight: A Q&A with Restoration Society, Inc.

Spotlight: A Q&A with Restoration Society, Inc.

Restoration Society, Inc. programs are rehabilitation communities founded upon the recovery vision that all individuals can lead active lives filled with hope and satisfaction and make valuable contributions to our community.  We recently spoke with Nancy Singh, M.A.,...

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