mental illness

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A Buffalo man who police say they shot after he behaved erratically and attacked an officer with a baseball bat last September is now in a psychiatric ward in Rochester, being evaluated.

'Joker' has shattered box office records and drawn both acclaim and criticism for its depiction of mental illness and violence. WBFO's Nick Lippa hosted a Facebook Live conversation Friday about what 'Joker' and other Hollywood blockbusters get right and wrong about mental illness. Nick was joined by Karl Shallowhorn, Education Program Coordinator at Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Alex Garcia, Mental Health Program Director at Horizon Health Services' Broadway Recovery Center.

At his first campaign rally after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump appeared to back away from supporting a possible expansion of background checks in favor of a push for more attention to mental illness.

"There is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It's not the gun that pulls the trigger — it's the person holding the gun," Trump said to roars and a standing ovation from the Manchester, N.H., crowd.

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Advocates for people with mental health challenges say a local campaign has made great strides in helping to end the stigma associated with those struggles.

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The Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA) recognized WBFO-FM 88.7 and The Patrick P. Lee Foundation with the MHA Advocacy Award for the impact they’ve made in the community through WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative. The award was given March 13 at the MHA Annual Dinner and Auction.

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Buffalo police captain is now overseeing how the department responds to calls for those suffering from an 'emotional disturbance'.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says for the first time, the Buffalo Police Department has a health services coordinator. 

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A new investigation by PBS's FRONTLINE and ProPublica reveals how people with severe mental illness are suffering as they try to live on their own in New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has a preview of “Right to Fail,” which will air Tuesday evening.  

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Statewide rallies are being held weekly demanding  Gov. Andrew Cuomo increase state funding for mental health housing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Bring It Home Coalition' is staging rallies each Thursday in Long Island, New York City, Syracuse and here in Buffalo, targeting state lawmakers. 

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The death of Larry Bierl, known as "Larry" from his life on the streets of Williamsville, has been widely discussed on social media. The cause of death was hypothermia, his body found in a bus stop shelter during the last week's extreme cold. WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran spoke with Buffalo News reporter Samantha Christmann, who was following the discussion on Facebook, shares her personal family story. 

The holidays & our mental health

Dec 24, 2018
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The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to one expert about why there is more anxiety, depression and holiday blues this time of year as the nation faces a mental health crisis.

College students struggle with depression & anxiety

Dec 6, 2018
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More college students are being treated for mental health issues.  That is according to a study recently published by the American Psychiatric Association.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says depression and anxiety are high among college students. 

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A couple of suitcases that once belonged to a patient treated at the former Willard Psychiatric Center in the Finger Lakes region decades ago is now on display locally. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us to Buffalo's Museum of disABILITY for a look inside suitcases.  

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A new study finds one in three college freshman dealt with a mental health condition before arriving at college.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to the leader of D'Youville College in Buffalo about how the school supports students with mental health concerns on campus.  

The homeless journey of mental illness

Oct 1, 2018
Photos from the film God Knows Where I Am

A new documentary premieres Tuesday afternoon in our WNED|WBFO studio to shine the light on a heartbreaking mental illness story. There will be a screening of the film God Knows Where I Am followed by a local panel discussion. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to one of the panelists who will share her personal family story that is very similar to the film's theme.

Photo from Clint Malarchuk's website

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. 

B12 Technologies

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.  

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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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. 

Student-produced play tackles PTSD of a war vet

May 7, 2018
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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. 

Mental health prevention to intervention

May 3, 2018
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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.  

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.

Youth-focused mental health conversations

Apr 20, 2018
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Storytelling is being used to help break through the stigma of discussing mental health troubles. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Just Tell One campaign is designed to give youth and young adults a chance to start a conversation. 

Recognizing & handling a mental health crisis

Apr 18, 2018
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Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

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The leader of the Mental Health Association of New York State says the recently adopted state budget provides a 'mixed bag' of funding for programs.  But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us it does provide state dollars to help schools launch mental health curriculums.

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With one in four people struggling with a mental health disorder, it has become a growing concern in the workplace. As part of our Mental Health reporting Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association of Erie County has named a new director of workplace well-being.   

President Trump expressed grief Thursday over the school shooting in Florida and sought to comfort victims and their families in his first public address since the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 people dead and many others injured.

"To every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain," he said.

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After a fight over the condition of the building, Buffalo's Common the Council has approved a lodging house license for a building on Chippewa Street with a history of bad conditions. However, the delay led to changes.

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New York State is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.

A New York program that allows court-ordered therapy for thousands of seriously mentally ill people will expire next month if the Legislature doesn't renew it.