Mental Health

WNY Children's Psychiatric Center

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his effort to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca took a hit Thursday in State Supreme Court.


JustTellOne.org

An online peer-to-peer public awareness campaign aimed at helping Western New York youth deal with mental health and substance abuse is celebrating a successful first year and turning its focus towards expansion.

Lynne Bader / WNED-TV

Most people have heard of PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that can develop after witnessing a life-threatening event.

Lesser known is PTG. While recording the oral histories of local Vietnam War veterans, a University at Buffalo researcher found that post-traumatic growth can exist at the same time as PTSD. Marian Hetherly explains as part of WNED|WBFO's "Our Vietnam Voices" series.


Brett Jaspers

Sarah Harding has a police radio and a bullet proof vest. She checks in with 911 dispatch as she starts her day. 

But she's not a police officer. Harding is a clinical social worker with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

Kia Briggs / Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County

As the over-prescription of opioid pain killers continues to plague the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing new legislation to help curb it. In Chautauqua County on Monday morning, Gillibrand announced a new bipartisan bill that would limit initial supplies of opioid prescriptions for short-term acute pain to just seven days.

West Seneca Children's Psychiatric Center

Moving the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center is on hold. State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto issued a temporary restraining order Monday, stopping "all construction and related activities" for moving the facility to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

It was about a year ago that Ornella Mouketou walked into the emergency room at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and told them she wanted to end her life.

She was in her early 20s, unemployed and depressed.

"I was just walking around endlessly. I was walking around parks, and I was just crying all the time," she says. "It was like an empty black hole."

letstalkstigma.org / Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

Perceptions are often the biggest barrier to people with mental health conditions finding the help they need to live healthy and productive lives. Through the efforts of the newly-formed Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, those barriers may fall.


WBFO's Eileen Buckley file photo

New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It was a project three years in the making, but the ribbon has been cut to open at a new state-of-the-art residential facility for young people dealing with behavioral health issues. Those attending the Tuesday ceremony to dedicate the new Baker Victory Services building in Lackawanna say it creates an atmosphere of hope which, in turn, increases the chances for positive outcomes.


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State University of New York Trustees are moving forward with a proposal to provide all students with access to telecounseling and online mental health services. SUNY Trustees passed a directive for University administration to consider the use of the remote counseling services across the state.

Patrick Koster

Douglas Hahn was diagnosed with depression when he was 9 years old. In subsequent years, he isolated himself from others until he was almost finished with high school. He was in and out of facilities during a difficult era.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Erie County mental health officials say suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults and 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14 years. As uncomfortable the topic may make some people, they said talking about the issue is the first step necessary to prevent more lives lost. 

The New York Attorney General and HealthNow New York have come to a settlement after an investigation uncovered the wrongful denial of thousands of claims for outpatient psychotherapy and and nutritional counseling for eating disorders. AG Eric Schneiderman said the wrongful denials totaled more than $1.6 million in patient claims.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Department of Mental Health is hosting an all-day training program that will help many working within the justice system to better recognize the presence of  mental illness in many who pass through.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

With the nation's worst mass shooting fresh in the the minds of many, local health officials are working to provide understanding on the relationship between gun violence and mental illness.


The doors of Bennett High School open at 5 p.m. for "Buffalo Health Matters - A Community Conversation", organized in response to the ongoing issue of opiates and prescription abuse.  What is different about this free event is that it is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the conversation about how substance abuse goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues.

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and  that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.


NYS Governor's Office

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — All New York prison guards and other staff who have direct contact with state inmates are required to get eight hours of training annually in recognizing symptoms of poor mental health including indicators of suicide under a new state law.

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A few dozen people concerned over the potential closing of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center turned out for a public hearing in Buffalo's City Hall on Friday.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Child and Adolescent Treatment Services & Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. have teamed-up to offer mental health programs for people of all ages. The partnership will allow the agencies to increase the number of mental health programs locally.