Mental Health Initiative
Community Conversations | Facebook Live Events

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.

The first in this series of Facebook Live events focused on the changes in mental health treatment over the years. In our second Facebook Live event we examined the New York State mandate for teaching mental health. For our third event we went inside Crisis Services where 24/7/ hotlines are open to respond to citizens in need. Watch them online now (below).

 

During our latest Facebook Live event, "Living With Mental Illness at 22," WBFO reporter Nick Lippa was joined in conversation with Kaitlyn Ledzian and Juliana Hill, both 22 years old and both youth peer advocates with Mental Health Advocates of Western New York. Watch on line below or join the conversation on WBFO’s Facebook page.

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Watch Online Now | Living With Mental Illness at 22 | Facebook Live Event
Living with Mental Illness at 22
WBFO was Live on Facebook with "Living With Mental Illness at 22"
The statistics are concerning:
  • One in five young people, ages 13-15, experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.*
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth age 10-24 and 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness.**
 
*Any Disorder Among Children. (n.d.) Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml
** Isometsa, E.T., (2001). Psychological Autopsy Studies - A Review. European Psychiatry, 16(7), 379-85. Retrieved December 6, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11728849​

As part of our Mental Health initiative, WNED|WBFO hosted a Facebook Live event on the topic of mental illness among young people.

WBFO reporter Nick Lippa was joined in conversation with Kaitlyn Ledzian and Juliana Hill, both 22 years old and both youth peer advocates with Mental Health Advocates of Western New York.

Youth peer advocates have lived experience, meaning they have a mental illness that is stabilized, and are credentialed to assist other young people who are experiencing mental illness.

They talked about the rise of anxiety, depression and suicide among youth.

Watch the recording on this page or join the conversation on WBFO’s Facebook page

Watch Online Now | Crisis Services: Lifeline For Help 24/7 | Facebook Live Event

Crisis Services: A Lifeline for Hope | Watch

WBFO hosted a Facebook Live conversation on location at Crisis Services. We were inside the facility, where 24/7/ hotlines are open to respond to citizens in need. Crisis Services responds to - mental health/illness crisis – suicide – rape victim – domestic violence victim – child abuse – where to find helped for loved ones in crisis – drug over does – drug addiction and mobile outreach.

We answered questions from our Facebook audience and explained how the public relies on Crisis Services to respond to their ‘life-emergency’.

WATCH ONLINE NOW | TEACHING MENTAL HEALTH | WBFO FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

Teaching Mental Health | Watch

As 2018-2019 the school year begins, a new law mandates mental health education for students across New York. We're discussing the new curriculum that aims to teach children about their mental well-being and what it means for teachers and students.


As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley led a conversation with New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins, who represents Western New York; Michael Cornell, Superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District; and Mark Laurrie, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls School District.

WATCH ONLINE NOW | IN PURSUIT OF HEALING | WBFO FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT

As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley lead a panel discussion about the dramatic changes in treatment over the years. Panelists discussed "breaking the stigma" to generate a new understanding of mental illness.


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