Horizon Health Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that provides hope and healing for individuals and their families dealing with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Established in 1975, Horizon is the largest provider of outpatient mental health and substance use treatment in Western New York.

We recently spoke with Taylor Trusso about Horizon’s commitment to ending the stigma of mental illness.

Q: Why did your organization choose to become a member of The Anti-Stigma Coalition?

Horizon is proud to be a member of The Anti-Stigma Coalition. This is a vital resource for our community that emphasizes the need to continue to build local networks, cultivate community relationships to share resources and provide education and access to support our community and those struggling with mental health disorders.

Q: How does the campaign align with your work?

As we know, millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. At Horizon, it’s important for us to measure how common mental illness is and how we can provide continued services and treatment resources for our patients and their families. We know that effective treatment makes recovery from behavioral health disorders possible. The Anti-Stigma campaign has continued the conversation around mental illness in our WNY community and because of this, more community members are bringing their concerns to the forefront, reaching out for help and becoming more open to having these conversations due to the visibility of this campaign.

Q: What impact is the Campaign having in the community, in your opinion?

The disease of mental illness presents an urgent public health crisis and impacts families in every neighborhood of our community. Education, prevention, and treatment are the most effective weapons. This campaign brings the availability of education and support to our community members and we are beyond lucky to have this collaboration and awareness as we work together to provide hope and healing to those in need each and every day.