Executive director of Erie

Erie County Mental Health Association

Community Support Groups

Family Support Group

Family support groups are open to parents, foster parents, grandparents or any caregiver/guardian to provide support and alleviate isolation. Youth peer support group is open to any youth.

Family support group offers:

  • An opportunity for parents to talk, problem-solve, learn skills for self-advocacy and celebrate accomplishments in a mutually supportive environment.
  • Parent-run, parent-driven sessions, which are not and should not be therapy sessions, but can be very therapeutic.
  • Group respite (childcare) with trained respite providers (one week notice required).

What one parent said about family support group:

"...it has been a lifesaver for me to lean on experienced, non-judgmental, informed parents who deal with issues similar to my own."

Youth group meets at the same time in a separate room.

Meets the 1st Friday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo.

Click here for list of Support Groups for Families/Caregivers of Adults diagnosed with Mental Illness
20 Something Group

A social support group for young adults 18 years of age and up.

Meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo.

Click here for schedule Youth and Teen Peer Support Group

This youth & teen peer support group is open to youth between the ages of 13-18, giving them the opportunity to connect with peers to discuss and explore pathways to recovery. The group offers a safe place for youth to receive support as well to celebrate accomplishments and practice self-care skills under the facilitation of a Youth Peer Mentor.

Meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 6:00-7:30pm at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo.

Click here for schedule Expression Through Art

Give your child the opportunity to use art as a meaningful tool to express and communicate their thoughts, feelings and sense of self. Throughout this four week therapeutic art program your child will use drawing, painting, collage and mixed media to explore the themes of identity, emotional recognition and regulation, self-expression and group process in a safe and structure space.

Classes are Free!

WNYCPC Community Services Family Support Group

Meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm.

Buffalo Outpatient Center
575 Alberta Dr. Suite 2
Amherst, NY 14226

Trainings, Workshops and Conferences

CFSP offers trainings and guest speakers during support groups, and advocates keep abreast of area presentations to help families enhance self-advocacy skills. Some past offerings have been Parent Empowerment Program, Systems of Care, Committee on Special Education, and Medication and Diagnoses.

Family Activities
Families raising children with emotional or behavioral challenges often find participation in community activities difficult. The Child and Family Support Program offer at least two family activities each year.

For the last 15 years, a group of writers have met to create original works of art through creative writing. These adults, all mental health consumers, have published 11 books of works that are available for sale online!

“Writing & Well-Being is a fun place to learn about the creative writing process and to work together with our peers. We meet new people and enjoy sharing our work individually and as a group.”

- Jamie May,

Operation C.O.M.

An interactive program created to support our children of the military. Designed to establish positive coping skills to help children deal with the stresses of deployment, encourage them to express their feelings, strengthen their self-confidence, and have lots of fun!

Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective Disorder Support Group

Come have the opportunity to connect with peers that share your struggles. Discuss topics related to mental health and other pertinent issues. Join us and learn more about your illness and each other in a safe and confidential environment.

Hoarders Support Group

A structured support group that will read from the book “Buried in Treasures” and share personal experiences together. The group will encourage, motivate and give positive suggestions, peer to peer. Attending this support group will allow you time to share any issues that you might be struggling with, to a group of others, who are also experiencing similar hardships.

Living With OCD

A support group for those who are living with OCD. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The group meets at The Mental Health Association of Erie County, located at 999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209. Please call 716-886-1242 if you have any questions or would like more information.


Bipolar Support Group

A support group for those with bipolar disorder. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The group meets at The Mental Health Association of Erie County, located at 999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209.

Lawyers with Depression Support Group

The Buffalo Support Group for Lawyers with Depression is a confidential support group for those struggling with depression in the legal profession to share and find support for their depression while practicing law. Founded five years ago, the group has provided support for hundreds of lawyers in Western New York.

Footprints on the Heart
Footprints on the Heart is a group for parents and grandparents who have experienced the loss of a baby through stillbirth (20 weeks onwards) or early infant death.

Heart-To-Heart
Heart to Heart is a group for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Hopeful Hearts Subsequent Pregnancy

Source: www.eriemha.org
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