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MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is to normalize the conversation about mental illness by bringing this issue from the shadows into everyday light. This two-year project will provide in-depth coverage of mental health issues and help to build the mental health literacy of our community.

Latest Stories from the WBFO Mental Health Initiative

Community Conversations


 

WBFO's Mental Health Initiative YouTube and Facebook Live events are an engaging way to connect with the community through social media. Each event is focused on a singular topic and brings different experiences and perspectives together into one conversation.


Our conversations have focuses on the changes in mental health treatment over the years, the stressors related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning, exploring issues that contribute to stress and negative impacts on LGBTQ+ youth, mental health and policing, availability and accessibility of housing for people living with mental illness, mental health during COVID-19, the New York State mandate for teaching mental health, how inside Crisis Services hotlines respond to citizens in need, personal experiences of living with mental illness, and how mental illness is portrayed in pop culture. Watch them online now.

Community Conversations

Back to School: Navigating a New Normal 

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media will present a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. Join us Sept. 29 (elementary and middle school), Oct. 6 (high school), and Oct. 13 (university and higher education).

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Back to School: Navigating a New Normal | Elementary & Middle School

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media presents a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. This first discussion focused on elementary and middle school students. Academic transitions present a number of challenges for students, teachers, and parents and these pressures are heightened by new routines under the pandemic. Increased isolation has been difficult for many families, especially children. Effects of the pandemic can be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

This virtual discussion series explores topics related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning. Topics include mental health and behavioral supports in schools, resources for parents, caregivers and families, and support and training for faculty and staff. 

WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Moderated by Dave Debo, WBFO News Director
Panelists:
Jill Glowniak, LCSW, Family Support Center in Amherst Central School District 
Anne Landrigan, M.Sp.Ed., Coordinator for Student Services, Elmwood Village Charter School
Amanda Robert, Parent

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Back to School: Navigating a New Normal | High School

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media presents a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. This second discussion focused on high school students. Academic transitions present a number of challenges for students, teachers, and parents and these pressures are heightened by new routines under the pandemic. Increased isolation has been difficult for many families, especially children. Effects of the pandemic can be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

This virtual discussion series explores topics related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning. Topics include mental health and behavioral supports in schools, resources for parents, caregivers and families, and support and training for faculty and staff. 

WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Moderated by Dave Debo, WBFO News Director
Panelists:
Celia Spacone, Ph.D., Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County Coordinator
Douglas Hahn, Youth Peer Advocate Coordinator, Mental Health Advocates of WNY
Peg Barrett, LCSW-R, School Advocate, Mental Health Advocates of WNY

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Back to School: Navigating a New Normal | University & Higher Education

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, Buffalo Toronto Public Media presents a three-part virtual series exploring the stressors and available resources for students, teachers, and faculty returning to in-person classrooms in the fall. This third discussion focused on University and Higher Education. Academic transitions present a number of challenges for students, teachers, and parents and these pressures are heightened by new routines under the pandemic. Increased isolation has been difficult for many families, especially children. Effects of the pandemic can be associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression.

This virtual discussion series explores topics related to the reintegration of students and faculty into in-person learning. Topics include mental health and behavioral supports in schools, resources for parents, caregivers and families, and support and training for faculty and staff. 

WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Moderated by Dave Debo, WBFO News Director
Panelists:
Eileen Niland, LMHC (she/her), Counseling Center Director, Canisius College
Sarah Young, Buffalo State College
Jéan Michel Jr., third year law school student 
 

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LGBTQ + Mental Health: What We Need to Know

Being LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental health challenge. However, LGBTQ+ youth often face external forces and stressors that can impact mental health. Stigma, discrimination, bullying, and hate speech are often reported experiences from LGBTQ+ youth and can be traumatic events that significantly influence a young person’s life and mental wellbeing. Buffalo Toronto Public Media partnered with GLYS to host a community conversation and panel discussion exploring issues that contribute to stress and negative impacts on LGBTQ+ youth on September 23, 2021.

Robert DiGangi-Roush, Executive Director of GLYS, served as host and moderator for LGBTQ+ Mental Health: What We All Need to Know. The panel discussed some challenges LGBTQ+ youth experience and how the intersection of social class, accessibility, religion, age, race, ethnicity, and more can impact mental wellness. The panel offered information for parents, caregivers, peers and the community on access to mental health care and services for LGBTQ+ youth. 

ABOUT THE MODERATOR AND PANELISTS:

Dr. Robert DiGangi-Roush (he/him & they/them), Executive Director of GLYS Western New York, Inc. has their undergraduate and Master's Degrees from The State University of NY at Buffalo, where their graduate work was in non-profit Administration. Their PhD is in Alternative and Complementary Healthcare from Westbrook University. Their dissertation is still used internationally as a textbook for creating a complementary and alternative healthcare clinic. In it, they used the same service wraparound concept that is now part of GLYS's Youth Gender Affirmation Program. 

Vivian D. Logan (she/her/hers), LMSW, APC; Outreach and Engagement Specialist with Horizon Health Services has worked in the Human Service field and in the field of social work for 20 years as a Licensed Masters Social Worker, prior to that she obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her MSW program at SUNY Buffalo entailed a program concentration in Families and Children and Mental Health. She has completed her doctorial course work, and currently preparing to conduct her research and complete her dissertation with UOP’s-online program in Educational Leadership and Administration. Her dissertation focuses on the leadership perspective of culturally responsive teaching practices as a method to engage and enhance the academic standards of ethnically and racially diverse students. As she believes a need exists for leaders to be culturally competent, understand the various theories of how people learn, and why factors such as “race, power, legitimacy, cultural capital, poverty, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, and language” can affect learning styles and skill development. In 2022, she will begin her quest to become a life coach, focusing on all areas of well-being.

Andrea (Andi) Binner (she/they) has worked in the Human Service field since they received their 1st Master’s Degree in Education/Counseling Psychology from St. Bonaventure University. Andrea also has a Masters’ degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo. She started in the field working on a psychiatric unit/Emergency Room and then a Partial Hospitalization Program in Jamestown, NY. Andrea has enjoyed a mix of assisting both adult, teens and children throughout her 29-year career thus far. Andrea was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and conducted research on HIV at SUNY – Binghamton where she earned her BA in Psychology. She also volunteered in helping individuals to grow safer, related to risk for HIV and other STI’s by assisting students, professors and anyone that wanted to learn about how to help make sex fun and consensual, while learning to have more agency over their sexual health. She continued this work at Evergreen and the Pride Center in 2015-2016. This is where she co-facilitated a Trauma Informed Psychoeducation group for people who identified themselves and Transgender/Non-Binary or Gender Expansive. Andrea has been in Private Practice full-time since 2016 in Buffalo, NY.

Jennifer Parrack has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been living and working in Western New York for the past 11 years. She is currently employed by New York State.  She is a certified Our Whole Lives instructor, a comprehensive sex education curriculum that spans all ages. She is passionate about combatting bias in health care and the legal system (and life in general), from racism and transphobia to ableism and fat phobia. Jennifer is mom to two other panelists, 17-year-old, Allie (she/ her pronouns) and 14-year-old and Rin(they/ them pronouns).

Thank you to GLYS partners: Dr. Robert DiGangi-Roush, Executive Director and Rev. Susan Frawley, Community and Parent Outreach Coordinator and Pastor of the Hamburg Unitarian Universalist Church.

More on Mental Health from Public Media

1 In 3 COVID-19 Survivors Are Diagnosed With Mental Health Conditions

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Yeah No, I'm Not Ok – 

A new podcast from LAist Studios and Diane Guerrero about mental health, healing, and the conversations we should all be having about addiction, depression, anxiety, suicide, radical self love, and much more

Who is Diane Guerrero and why is she talking about mental health? In this episode, we learn more about Diane’s personal experience and her commitment to making mental health a priority in communities nationwide, especially communities of color. 

Karla shot to fame when she wrote an essay about being an undocumented student at Harvard. But instead of book deals, she looked for more meaning in writing and exploring her identity. 

Dascha and Diane talk about what it meant to come up together as actors and Latinx artists. They also discuss their personal experiences with body image and what it means to continuously choose to embrace what is uniquely yours.

Diane and Eric talk about therapy, meditation and making sure that you put your mental health first. 

Demi is revisiting her nearly fatal overdose in a new documentary, Dancing With The Devil, telling the story on her own terms. She tells us what gets her up in the morning and explains the importance of self-care and how it might also help you.

René Pérez Joglar AKA Residente tells Diane how he stays centered and creative during even the hardest of times. 

The Black Lives Matter International Ambassador on the power of trusting that you are doing the thing that's right over doing the thing that’s popular. 

Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

The Intersection of Physical & Mental Health

26:47
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Experts share their experiences working on the forefront of health care integration.

Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

Minority Issues in Mental Health Care

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Explore issues many minority communities face in seeking help for mental health issues.

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Youth Mental Wellness

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Explore how school, teachers and parents can help normalize mental health issues.

Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

Stem Cell Research & Mental Health

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Scientists can re-program adult skin and blood cells to advance the detection of diseases.

FRONTLINE

Right to Fail

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Investigating the NY effort to let those with severe mental illnesses live on their own.

On Point |

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Shares Her Story Of 'Life After Suicide'

The national suicide epidemic hits home for ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Her new book is "Life After Suicide."

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Why we can’t ‘arrest ourselves out of’ mental illness

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Mental illness ‘is not a problem that we can arrest ourselves out of’

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Why mental illness 'should never be a crime'

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A mother's story of why mental illness 'should never be a crime'

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In Liberia, mental illness is the new health crisis

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In Liberia, survivors of Ebola and civil war now struggle with mental illness

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New generation faces mental ‘wounds of war’

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New generation faces mental ‘wounds of war’

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Journalist's journey guided by her father's illness

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A journalist's journey, guided by curiosity for her father's illness

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Crisis team helps those with mental health issues avoid jail

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An estimated 2 million people suffering from mental illness are booked into county jails.

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'Portraits of Resilience' destigmatize depression at MIT

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Students at MIT are now part of a project to give a face and voice to a growing crisis.

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What it’s like to be arrested while suffering mental illness

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Paton Blough uses his experiences to help train police officers in crisis management.

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Treating mental illness with medicine and religion in India

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Treating mental illness with medicine and religion in India

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Mental illness consumed my marriage -- until this epiphany

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Why we should redefine how we cope with illnesses to include the voice of caregivers.

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Refugees in need of mental health help flounder on Lesbos

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Middle Eastern refugees are in need of mental health help on the island of Lesbos.

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Kids and smartphones: What's the mental health impact?

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Smartphones have changed the way kids live and interact, prompting growing concerns.

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More on smartphones

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An increasingly wireless world is taking a toll on an entire generation's mental health.

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The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on kids

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The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on kids

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Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone

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The mental health journeys of four young people, told entirely in their own words.

Above The Noise

Survival Guide: How to Handle Family Stress

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You’re likely spending more time at home these days - which can lead to family tension.

RESOURCES

General Support

For general support, help finding a counselor or mental health resource in in Erie County, contact The Mental Health Advocates of WNY at 716-886-1242
Link: http://www.eriemha.org/

NAMI-Buffalo & Erie County
Link: http://namibuffalony.org/

NYS Office of Mental Health
Link: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/bootstrap/providers.html

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care
Link: www.cappcny.org/home

Just Tell One Campaign:
Link: http://justtellone.org/


Several of the counties and agencies in WNY have compiled lists of providers:

In Erie County:
List of Providers
Link: http://www2.erie.gov/mentalhealth/index.php?q=list-contract-agencies

Assisted Outpatient Providers (Kendra's Law) Link: http://www2.erie.gov/mentalhealth/index.php?q=assisted-outpatient-treatment

Chemical Dependence Services
Link: http://www2.erie.gov/mentalhealth/index.php?q=erie-county-chemical-dependency-treatment-resource-guide

In Niagara County:
List of Providers
Link http://www.mhanc.com/programs-service-providers.php

In Chautauqua County:
List of Providers
Link: http://chautauqua.ny.us/DocumentCenter/View/1289/CCMH-Emergency-Phone-Numbers?bidId=


Campaigns

Just Tell One, from the Mental Health Association of Erie County
Link: http://justtellone.org/ 

Let’s Talk Stigma, from the Erie County Anti Stigma Coalition
Link: https://letstalkstigma.org/


Suicide Helplines and Prevention Resources

24 Hour Crisis Hotline Buffalo & Erie County
716-834-3131

24 Hour Addiction Hotline
716-831-7007

Kids Helpline
16-834-1144
1-877-KIDS-400

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255.

Allegany County
Crisis Line: 888-448-3367 (24 hour)

Chautauqua County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline
1-800-724-0461

Cattaraugus County
Olean General Hospital 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 1-800-339-5209

Orleans County
The Care and Crisis Help Line
585-283-5200 Text: 741741

Niagara
24 Hour Crisis Services
716-285-3515

Genesee County
585-283-5200
Text: 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255.
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-western-new-york/


From the National Institute of Mental Health:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)


Substance Abuse Resources


 Alcoholics Anonymous

Information for alcoholics with mental health issues https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-87_AAforAlcoholicswithMentalHealthIssues.pdf

A guide for AA help in New York State: https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/new-york/

 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
 


 

FEATURED VIDEOS

Just Tell One

How to Have Your Just Tell One Conversation On Mental Health

Telling one person about a mental health or addiction issue is a simple concept, but that doesn't make it easy. Youth and professionals explain the steps to starting the conversation.

PBS NewsHour

How students who struggle with mental illness can find help

These three high-achieving students at one of the world's most prestigious universities have also suffered crippling depression and been through years of therapy and medication. In the second part of his report, Jeffrey Brown hears how they got help with debilitating illness, then learns more about student mental health challenges and solutions from Alfiee Breland-Noble of Georgetown University.


Video/Audio from WBFO's Mental Health Initiative

WBFO

Dan & George; One man treats his depression by giving ba

It is estimated that 300-million people suffer from depression across the world. Experts say it's important to take action to deal with it. As part of our Mental Health Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a local attorney found a way to help others as a way of enhancing his own mood.

Erie County & Suicide prevention leaders kicked Suicide Prevention Week Tuesday. A yellow 'Flag of Hope' was hoisted up the flag pole in front of the county Rath Building in downtown Buffalo.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/eileen.buckley/videos/10155776108183441/

A woman who escaped domestic violence and conquered alcoholism is sharing her story to offer hope for others. Jillian James who says a women's shelter and food assistance saved her life.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/eileen.buckley/videos/10155690438383441

Classroom Resources


The focus of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is to normalize the conversation about mental illness by bringing this issue from the shadows into everyday light. This two-year project will provide in-depth coverage of mental health issues and help to build the mental health literacy of our community.
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WBFO's Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation