Mental Health

Disability Pride Parade and Festival

Disability Pride Parade and Festival

Annually, community organizations from across Western New York come together in honor of the Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to celebrate the power of people with disabilities. Join over 1,400 people in demonstrating pride in human diversity. Admission is free and open to all persons with disabilities. Food, refreshments, and entertainment provided. Adap... »

What Crisis Services Means to Our Community

What Crisis Services Means to Our Community: Investing in Us Means Saving Thousands of Lives by Jessica Pirro Over 50 years ago, Crisis Services in Erie County was forged out of a need for improvements in the system of mental health and emotional support at a time when suicide rates were escalating. The goal to prevent suicides and other crisis incidents continues today including support to approx... »

Understanding Depression and Suicide

By Shannon Traphagen Junior Seau, L’Wren Scott, Robin Williams, and just this week Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade–what do these individuals have in common? Unfortunately, they all took their own lives due to mental health struggles. Kate Spade, fashion designer icon, and billionaire had been battling with depression and anxiety for years, according to her husband, Andy Spade, who she ... »

Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, and an important topic. The latest rage on Netflix is 13 Reasons Why. It’s about Hannah Baker, who takes her life after a series of hurtful incidents, brought on by individuals at school. It’s about bullying, hurtful rumors, and ways people hurt one another. It isn’t biographical, but it could be. After all, Hannah’s tragedy is all too common. After one mom watched it w... »

Can people with dementia travel?

By Thane Schulz Summer is finally approaching, and it’s a wonderful time to get out to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. For many folks, it means traveling to see friends, explore new places, and learn about different cultures. If you are thinking about traveling with a loved one who has dementia, it is wise to take some safety precautions. Someone with advanced stage dementia may get too confused... »

Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. • Connect – Connect with people around you — family, friends, and colleagues. Spend time developing these relationships. • Be active – Take a walk, go cycling, play a game of football, or go to the gym. Find the activity you enjoy and make it a part of your life. • Keep learning – Learning new skills can give y... »

The Benefits of Alternative Therapy for Mental Health

  One Buffalo Facility Is Leading the Way by Annette Pinder Our bodies respond to how we think, feel and act. Called, “The Mind/Body Connection,” being stressed, anxious or upset affect us mentally and physically. For example, a headache or stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event. In 1992 the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), at the N... »