External Organizational Links
As a service to our visitors we are providing a connection to additional medical information. The information provided here is for educational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as offering medical advice. BryLin Behavioral Health System assumes no responsibility for how this material is used. Please check with a physician if you suspect you are ill. Sites frequently update their content, but medical information changes rapidly. Therefore, some information may be out of date.
• Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc. provides programs and services for adults, children and families while providing advocacy on behalf of mental health consumers and family members. All programs and services are provided free of charge. The Child and Family Support Program, a peer run program, offers a variety of services to include support, advocacy, and education to those who have a family member suffering from a mental illness. Advocates working in the program have a child or family member diagnosed with a mental illness.
716-886-1242 999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY, 14209
• NAMI (National Alliance for the Mental Ill)
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.
• SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
• Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition
The Anti-Stigma Coalition is composed of members from 15 well known organizations who came together in the pursuit of one common goal: to change how people in our community view mental illness in order to reduce or eliminate stigma in Erie County and Western New York. 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.
MAY 30, 2017: “Join the Conversation” launched.
Hashtags: #LetsTalkStigma , #JoinTheConversation
Facebook: Erie County Anti Stigma Coalition
• Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County was a result of the New York State Garrett Lee Smith Grant. The primary goal is to work to build competent communities for Youth Suicide Prevention in NYS. In 2012, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County was established. This Coalition is a group of community stakeholders including but not limited to mental health, substance abuse, prevention education, various school districts and county leaders like the Dept. of Mental Health, Dept of Health and the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office.
MISSION: The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County fosters a community of hopefulness, safety, and shared responsibility to prevent suicide and suicide attempts by increasing awareness, promoting resiliency and facilitating access to resources.
• Regional Substance Use Disorder Services to support prevention, treatment and recovery in New York State
Addiction impacts individuals, as well as their family and loved ones. That is why OASAS has launched a series of nontraditional initiatives that offer a broad range of individual and community services. In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Heroin Task Force traveled the state hearing from New Yorkers about the importance of locally-based services to support people affected by addiction. Based on those conversations, we have begun establishing new services across New York State to assist and support people in need of substance use disorder services. [READ MORE HERE]
• LAWYERS WITH DEPRESSION
Dan Lukasik is a successful Buffalo lawyer who struggles with severe clinical depression. He has recently created a support group for lawyers with depression, and is building a website with links and resources to provide assistance to lawyers and create greater awareness and understanding among the public. Both resources are believed to be the first of their kind in New York State, and perhaps farther afield. “I’m trying to use each of these things as a springboard to raise awareness,” Lukasik says.
For more information, please visit www.lawyerswithdepression.com.
• The National Library of Medicine invites you to visit MEDLINEplus.
MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Pre-formulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.
– Drug Information
• INFORMATION FOR PRACTITIONERS:
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides useful information for practitioners. We have provided the link to facilitate your access to resources. Resources include information on clinical trials, patient education materials, depression in children and adolescents, children and medications, men and depression, panic disorders and anxiety disorders to name a few.
• AccreditedOnlineColleges.org recently published their 2016 College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guide. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act enacted in the late 90’s, many social barriers have been removed or reduced, yet there is still a ways to go. In the course of their research, they found that most student with disabilities were not fully aware of educational rights, grants, and education resources that are available for them. So they decided to create a user-friendly guide that explores legal provisions as well as a comprehensive listing of scholarships and grants designed specifically to support their higher education pursuits. We hope this guide will not only answer common questions, but allow those living with disabilities the opportunity to leverage educational benefits and feel empowered to continue to lead fulfilling lives.
• StartYourRecovery.org is a tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. On the site, visitors learn about the experiences of people like them and find the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use issues. It’s a free, confidential resource developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves.