Crisis Services

The shocking death of fashion designer icon Kate Spade renews discussions about mental illness.  Spade died by suicide and was found dead Tuesday in her New York apartment. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to New York State commissioner of the Office of Mental Health.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Thursday, May 17, 2018 was officially declared Crisis Services Day in Buffalo by the city.  The center provides crucial services to the community.  Six months ago Crisis Services moved from Main Street in Buffalo to a new, larger space in Buffalo's riverside neighborhood on River Rock Drive. But an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house was celebrated Thursday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of the mental health community are working to educate the public about recognizing mental illness.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Erie County and its partner’s kicked-off Mental Health Awareness Month Tuesday.  

New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

Dec 22, 2017
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Many people struggle with the Holiday Blues. They battle loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression.

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Crisis Services is settling in to its new home this week. After 30 years on Main St., near Hertel Ave., Buffalo and Erie County's only 24 hour crisis center outgrew its former space.

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Domestic violence advocacy groups are getting a financial boost by way of grants from the State of New York.


Photo from Netflix series trailer, 13 Reasons Why

A stunning new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" has parents and schools concerned.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says some believe the content is harsh and "glamorizes" suicide.   

A second round of training began Monday aimed at helping Buffalo police officers respond more effectively to people who are grappling with mental health crises.

National Suicide Prevention Week underway

Sep 6, 2016
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Coming out of the Labor Day holiday weekend, some local advocates want people to have a conversation about a rather uncomfortable subject, suicide. This is National Suicide Prevention Week, and those who work closely with individuals in need of help are seeking opportunities to not only raise awareness but further a message of hope.


A new 24-hour, 365-day-a year hotline aimed at addressing Erie County's opioid addiction epidemic went live Monday morning.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A collaboration is underway to focus on the prevention of sexual violence.  Crisis Services is sharing a Sexual Assault Prevention grant from the state Health Department with the YWCA of Niagara and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services will share in the regional grant.

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The month of April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and, in Buffalo, one organization will be hosting an annual fun but thought-provoking event to raise attention to the problem.

Petition shows support for Crisis Services

Sep 2, 2014

A fight is underway over a massive budget cut that could hinder the work of Crisis Services, the local agency that connects those in need to an array of emergency services.