children's mental health

Mental Health Awareness Month events in Buffalo and NY

May 2, 2018

Here are some of the events being held for Mental Health Awareness Month:

May 3 -- A mental health awareness fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the central library, 1 Lafayette Square in Buffalo.

May 3 -- The National Alliance for Mental Illness/Buffalo & Erie Co. will hold its annual dinner and awards celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will be held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd, Depew. Keynote speaker Dr. Kafui Dzirasa will discuss his neuroscience research.

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New York State is planning to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center, based in the Town of West Seneca, and move the young patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Opponents of the idea, including several local state lawmakers, are urging the state's Mental Health Commissioner to meet and discuss what many believe is a bad idea.


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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.

Photo from Jewish Family Services Website

With May serving Children's Mental Health Month, it's worth noting that all is not carefree for young folks who have yet to pay a mortgage, buy a car or haggle with a health insurer over phantom expenses.

Marlene Schillinger, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo, says her agency sees plenty of cases of children struggling with serious mental health issues, like peer pressure, depression, even suicidal thoughts.