Niagara County Introducing Youth Peer Support Services

Mental Health Association in Niagara County Introducing Youth Peer Support Services The Mental Health Association in Niagara County, in collaboration with Mental Health Advocates of Western New York, is pleased to announce that they will be offering Youth Peer Support Services to middle and high school students

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The Silent Pandemic: COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health

By Peter Kates Forty-one percent of adults report struggling with mental health or substance use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is up from 20 percent pre-COVID. Nearly one in three adults now report having symptoms of anxiety or depression.“Behind the masks,

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Simple Strategies to Combat Stress

Simple strategies to combat stress Last month we wrote about the connection between stress and inflammation, and the connection between stress and cancer. Just about everyone experiences stressful situations. Sometimes a bit of stress can provide motivation to do one’s best or strive for an especially lofty

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Calling All Colleges, Students, and Parents!

Calling All Colleges, Students, and Parents! Online Mental Health Therapy for College Students is Successfully Filling an Important Need By Annette Pinder Cody Semrau, CEO and Founder of BetterMynd, headquartered in Buffalo, is on a mission to improve the mental health of college students through better access

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When the Holidays are Not Joy-Filled and You Need Support

by Megan Brautlacht, LMHC The upcoming holiday season can be joy-filled, as well as stressful, especially for those impacted by mental illness. A National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) study found that 64 percent of people with mental illness think the holiday season worsens their condition. For

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Understanding alcohol use disorder

The holiday season is a festive time of year. Office parties and celebrations with family and friends ensure that there’s no shortage of opportunities to celebrate. Because December is among the most social times of year, the pressure to drink may be overwhelming, particularly for individuals with

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Eating Disorders and the Holidays

By Jessica Okoniewski, LMHC ‘Tis the season, and it’s time to prepare mentally for managing the abundance and chaos that the holidays often bring. While fun and festive, year-end celebrations can quickly become stressful and emotional, particularly for those who struggle with issues around food. But why

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