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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.

Community Conversations


WBFO's Mental Health Initiative 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 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.

As COVID-19 leaves us in in a dual crisis of physical and mental health, Thursdays in April and May hosted a series of Facebook live discussions on your mental health related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Your Mental Health During COVID-19| Facebook Live Series | Watch Now

Joker: Mental Illness and Pop Culture

As part of our mental health initiative, WBFO hosted a series of Facebook Live discussions on your mental health related to the coronavirus pandemic. Each Thursday in April and May on WBFO’s Facebook page we presented information to help you understand how this pandemic can affect your mental health. We talked about coping, quarantine, isolation and more.


Support for the WBFO Mental Health Initiative is provided by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

Watch Online Now

Thursday, May 21

Your Mental Health during COVID-19 | Addiction & Suicide

WBFO welcomed credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor Karl Shallowhorn to talk about addiction and risk of suicide amidst a global pandemic. He spoke about integrated treatment, the biology of addiction, and how mental health first aid can help you assess someone's risk of suicide.

Thursday, May 14

YMH during COVID-19 | Frontline & Essential Workers

Dave Debo, WBFO’s News Director, talks with psychiatrist Dr. Sourav Sengupta from UBMD Psychiatry and Oishei Children’s Hospital about the mental health of those facing COVID-19 on the front lines - first responders, healthcare workers and those in essential businesses.

Thursday, May 7

YMH during COVID-19 | Older Adults & Isolation

Dave Debo, News Director, welcomes Dr. Ursuline Bankhead, a psychologist working in geriatrics and with older adults at the VA WNY Healthcare Center. She answers questions and comments from older adults and their caregivers regarding the range of emotions this population is experiencing during this pandemic.

Thursday, April 30

Your Mental Health during COVID-19 | Children and Adolescent

Dave Debo, News Director, welcomed Dr. Aimee DiPasqua, a child psychiatrist from Spectrum Health and Human Services. She answered questions and comments from parents and other caregivers regarding the range of emotions children are experiencing during this pandemic.

Thursday, April 24

Your Mental Health during COVID-19 | PTSD

Host Dave Debo, WBFO’s News Director, talked with local Advanced Practice Clinician, Ofer Ziv, from Horizon Health Services about signs and symptoms of PTSD, how you can help those who struggle with it, and how this health crisis is having an impact on all of us.

Thursday, April 16

Your Mental Health during COVID-19 | Stress and Anxiety

Host Dave Debo, WBFO’s News Director, talked with local mental health counselor, Erin M. Moss about stress and anxiety.

Your Mental Health During COVID-19| Podcast Series

Latest Stories from the WBFO Mental Health Initiative

More on Mental Health from Public Media

PBS NewsHour

How social distancing can impact mental health

7:12
Published:

How social distancing can impact mental health

The Definition of Insanity

The Definition of Insanity

55:01
Published:
Expires: 2020-10-14
Rating: TV-PG

An inspiring story at the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system.

FRONTLINE

Right to Fail

54:48
Published:

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."

PBS NewsHour

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

3:59
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

Why mental illness 'should never be a crime'

7:14
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

In Liberia, mental illness is the new health crisis

6:21
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

New generation faces mental ‘wounds of war’

7:58
Published:

New generation faces mental ‘wounds of war’

PBS NewsHour

Journalist's journey guided by her father's illness

6:16
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

Crisis team helps those with mental health issues avoid jail

10:06
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

'Portraits of Resilience' destigmatize depression at MIT

6:42
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

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

3:10
Published:
Rating: NR

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

PBS NewsHour

Treating mental illness with medicine and religion in India

7:26
Published:
Rating: NR

Treating mental illness with medicine and religion in India

PBS NewsHour

Mental illness consumed my marriage -- until this epiphany

3:27
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

Refugees in need of mental health help flounder on Lesbos

8:23
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

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

6:50
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

More on smartphones

8:05
Published:

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

PBS NewsHour

The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on kids

3:20
Published:

The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on kids

Local, USA

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone

27:46
Published:
Expires: 2022-09-29
Rating: TV-PG

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

Second Opinion

Teen Depression

25:29
Published:
Expires: 2021-10-17
Rating: TV-PG

Myth or Medicine: Are antidepressants safe for teenagers?

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)


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