WBFO Mental Health Initiative

WBFO's Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation.

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The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

A new report from the state Department of Health says the potential benefits of legalizing marijuana for use by adults outweighs the potential risks. But there’s concern over public education if legalization goes forward.


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A former Buffalo Sabre is sharing his battle with mental illness. Goalie Clint Malarchuk played in the NHL from 1981 through 1992. He also coached in the NHL and minor leagues. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, Eileen Buckley spoke with Malarchuk, 57, who survived two life-threatening injuries; one from hockey, the other, an attempted suicide. 

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The U.S. Secret Service issued a report Thursday releasing guidelines to help schools prevent deadly shootings. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Secret Service is urging schools to set up 'threat assessment teams'.

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A new state law took effect July 1st that now requires mental health education in Kindergarten through 12th grade all across New York.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this is the first law of its kind in the nation and now schools must be ready by September.

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A new state law is taking effect in New York that requires schools to teach mental health to students in elementary, middle and high school.

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June 25th, 2018 would have marked the 62nd birthday of celebrity chef and television star Anthony Bourdain.  Bourdain recently took his own life while on location in France for his CNN program Parts Unknown.  Monday evening in Buffalo members of the food and beverage industry have created a special event in Bourdain’s honor. 

Fifteen years ago, I broke up with my very nice boyfriend and plunged headlong into a dark depression. I loved Marc but had known from the beginning that he wasn't the man for me.

The number of people dying by suicide in the United States has risen by about 30 percent in the past two decades. And while the majority of suicide-related deaths today are among boys and men, a study published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women taking their own lives is rising.

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The community is encouraged to help break the stigma" to generate a new understanding surrounding mental illness. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley lead a Facebook panel discussion Tuesday called In Pursuit of Healing. 


If you take Prilosec or Zantac for acid reflux, a beta blocker for high blood pressure, or Xanax for anxiety, you may be increasing your risk of depression.

More than 200 common medications sold in the U.S. include depression as a potential side effect. Sometimes, the risk stems from taking several drugs at the same time. Now, a new study finds people who take these medicines are, in fact, more likely to be depressed.

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Many organizations turn to technology when they need a problem solved, but could technology prevent the death of a jail inmate with mental health issues? It is possible, but complicated.

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Last part of a series

Mental illness treatments have improved dramatically over the years, but past methods left scares and a stigma for those seeking help.  In our on-going Mental Health Initiative project, WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley looks at today’s methods offering a new direction in the last part of our series.  

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The store window at the Kate Spade New York shop inside the Factory Outlets of Niagara Falls this week noted the designer's death. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to some shoppers who were saddened to learn Spade died by suicide. 

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.

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A new facility for outpatient behavioral health services opened in Gowanda.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the important mental health services will reach adults and children in the rural communities of southern Erie County. 

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Part 2 of a series

The very first psychiatric center in Buffalo was called Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. The name changed over the years and so did the way patients were handled. In our Mental Health initiative WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores past treatment, as the former mental institution decline. 

From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine

Jun 4, 2018

For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

And it has all been possible, he says, because for the past six years he has been taking a drug called ketamine.

A college student struggles with studies -- and untreated mental illness -- but is far from family members who might provide support. That combination can lead to suicide. And now schools nationwide are grappling with those situations -- and whether to notify parents about a student's problems.

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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.

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A new mental health awareness campaign is featuring a bipartisan message.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins and Republican Congressman Tom Reed are coming together for the BeKind2TheMind.

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There is a mysterious story about woman who was once treated at the Buffalo State Asylum, the original psychiatric center at the Richardson Olmsted Campus, in the late 1800s. In our ongoing Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with a descendant who remains committed to finding out the truth about what happened to his relative.

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Part 1 of a series

Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

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Wil Wheaton, an actor whose credits include "Stand By Me," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Big Bang Theory," gave a powerful speech recently about living with mental illness.

"My life is, by every objective measurement, very, very good," he said at a National Alliance on Mental Illness conference in Ohio.

"And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self-esteem, my self-worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being.

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The Niagara Falls City Schools superintendent is being recognized for promoting mental wellness for students.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Office of Mental Health honored the Falls city school leader Tuesday in Albany.

A new HBO documentary tells a story about families with children who have psychiatric disorders that lead to violent behavior.

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Students at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore tackled a difficult mental health issue through a stage play performed this past weekend.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students wrote, directed, composed music and choreographed the two act musical called 'Army of One' with all proceeds going to a veteran organization. 


The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie Co. gave WBFO its President's Award on Thursday night, in recognition of the station's Mental Health Initiative.

The two-year project, funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, provides in-depth coverage of mental health issues, including the stigma faced by people with mental illness. It will feature radio reports, online videos and Facebook Live events.

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The $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport are now officially open.

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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.  

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