EPIC – Every Person Influences Children – is helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults.

Q: Why did your organization become a member of The Anti-Stigma coalition?

EPIC became a member of the Anti-Stigma coalition because we are an organization grounded in inclusivity and support to all.

The stigma of mental health challenges can prevent families from getting the help they need and deserve. Mental health is as important as physical health, and by treating and preventing mental health challenges, we impact a whole family’s ability to thrive.

Q: How are people with mental health challenges impacted by stigma?

The pandemic has brought so many challenges to the forefront for parents and children. For many, this may be their first time struggling with mental health, and for others, it has only exacerbated a pre-existing struggle. So many parents may be feeling guilt, that they “should be handling things better” or suppressing their own mental health care to focus on their children. At EPIC, we want these parents – and all parents! – to feel seen, valued and supported.

Q: What impact is the Campaign having in the community?

The Coalition is such a wonderful resource to Western New York, as we continue to break down the barriers around mental health and truly unite as the City of Good Neighbors.

Parenting has not stopped, so neither have we. Families know that they can continue to count on EPIC for our parenting and family engagement programs, which so many need now more than ever.