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Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals. The agency provides one-on-one support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.

We recently spoke with Susan Barlow, Executive Director, to learn about the agency’s work and their commitment to end stigma.

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

Parent Network of WNY wants to help end the stigma and continue the conversation about mental health.

Q: How does the campaign align with your work?

Parent Network of WNY supports individuals with all disabilities. Some of these individuals have mental health challenges. We work to continue the conversation and connect individuals to the right resources.

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

This campaign details stories of individuals with mental health challenges which helps the community to better recognize and understand these challenges.