Mental Health Campaigns Launched in Erie County
On May 30th, the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition launched "Join the Conversation", a public awareness campaign to address the stigma surrounding mental illness. The campaign is designed to start a community conversation to educate the public on the real facts surrounding mental illness and give those who suffer a voice in an effort to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County.
According to Michael Ranney, CRC-R, LMHC, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health and coalition member, "Approximately 1 in 5 Western New Yorkers are living with a mental health condition. Yet many of these people suffer in silence because of the discrimination that goes along with it. Through this effort, we hope that people dealing with mental health challenges will know that they are not alone, help is available and recovery is possible."
The cornerstone of the campaign is the website www.letstalkstigma.org and its social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where individuals can find facts, information, other people's stories and experiences, available resources, and, of course, a place to join the conversation. Additonal community mental health campaigns include the youth focused JUST TELL ONE foucusing on our younger citizens ( visit www.justtellone.org ) and the Workplace health promotion initiative of the Erie County Mental Health Assocaition.
Upcoming Community walks and wellness events
A Grand Idea in a Land Like Oz
From an article written by Carl Francis Penders:
“Is Buffalo a healthy community? asked Philip L. Haberstro (lead image – right), The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo’s executive director. Weighing in too regarding the populace’s health was Larry Brooks, author of Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis and Prescription for Change. Both Haberstro and Brooks referred to the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The 2016 Population Health Institute rated Niagara 58 and Erie County at 50 respectively out of 62 New York State counties. Haberstro indicated that measure is driven by both personal choice and the social,, environmental and economic HEALTH of our communities'
A " healthy community" is measured by civic, economic, biological, and environmental factors said Haberstro. He asked listeners to consider the region’s social capital, a term from "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam which examines the trust people have in one another, and in agencies serving them. Equally important is reciprocity, a social capital yardstick measuring how well people work together. Note BUFFALO DAY 2017 at Chautaqua is Tuesday, July 11th
To read the full article please visit BuffaloRising.com
Citizen Science Meetings
Thank you to those who came out to the Town of Tonawanda , Grand Island and City of Tonawanda Citizen Science Soil Study Meetings!
If you're interested in helping out and participating in the soil study please contact Jackie James Creedon. or for more info or to sgn up to help contact us!
Also, check out their Facebook and website!
B-WELL falls prevention workshop
Thanks for joining Us For A
FREE Falls Prevention Workshop!
We Learned "How To" reduce your fall risk at ST Teresa's Church hall on Wed April 5th 11AM With Beth Moses RN and Dave May PT
Book your own Free Workshop!! Call us at today at 851 4052! All Welcome!!