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We all could use a calming place when life gets too overwhelming – even those in grade school. That’s the idea behind the new calming room opened earlier this year at Spruce Elementary School. It’s one of two such spaces in the North Tonawanda school district that give students in the early grades a refuge to soothe their emotions. “It’s proactive, because it can …

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Mental health agencies from across the region on Thursday will help pull off the seventh annual Mental Health Flash Mob. The flash mob starts at noon outside the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, and will be part of a Mental Health Awareness Day informational fair taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the library. The flash mob will take place in the library if …

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Those who plan to participate in the Superhero Walk & Run for Children’s Mental Health can save money on the June event by signing up before Wednesday. It costs $20 to walk or run, or to participate only in the after party by signing up during the next four days. To do so, visit runsignup.com/Races/Cities/Buffalo-NY. The event starts at 6 p.m. June 7 at St. Georg…

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Mental illness cuts across race, educational success and financial status, though communities where violence and poverty are pronounced often face more significant challenges. Discussion about mental health also can be more muted in communities of color, said Karl Shallowhorn, education program coordinator with the Community Health Center of Buffalo. Those dynamics help…

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The holiday season for many is a time when the hustle and bustle intermingles with time for family, reflection and looking forward to the prospects a new year will bring. For many, however, the season also brings sadness over the loss of a loved one – a grief that can be particularly palpable for those making their way through holidays without a spouse, a sibling, or a …

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John Robins built a successful work life and retirement outside Chicago during the last four decades, but circumstances got the better of him in recent years. His wife, MaryJo, died in late 2016, after a 3½-year battle with brain cancer. He needed surgery to shrink an enlarged prostate. His lower back gave out last year, after Robins and his children decided it wa…

Gateway Longview has opened a Northtown Behavioral Health Clinic in Williamsville to provide comprehensive mental and behavioral health services for children, teens, young adults and their families. Dwyer Cottage, at 6330 Main St., was renovated this summer to support the growing need for such services. “We’ve spent years looking for cost-effective space to support o…

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The Mental Health Association of Erie County — a nonprofit agency with programs that span the region — has changed its name to Mental Health Advocates of Western New York. "The new name, and logo, are a reflection of what we've become and, really more importantly, where we're going," Executive Director Ken Houseknecht said of the change, which became official on Wednesd…

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After reporting the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain at about 7:30 a.m., June 8, WECK-AM/FM news director Steve Cichon grabbed his cellphone and typed a story that he had been thinking about for more 30 years. Cichon, 40, spent close to two and a half hours composing a 2,500-word essay posted to his blog, BuffaloStories.com, with the title of "A brief memoir i…

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Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner of the state Office of Mental Health, formally opened the new $1.5 million Zoar Valley Clinic on Wednesday in Gowanda. The 9,500-square-foot mental health clinic, at , 49 S. Water St., replaces a temporary nearby clinic that was half its size. “The new, updated Zoar Valley Clinic is a spacious, modern facility in a more convenient…

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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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Slow Rolls on the waterfront and Tonawanda, a Superhero run and walk in Delaware Park, and a 5K in Alden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Memorial Day on the waterfront: The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be the place to be today. The park is op…

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History – and a really good recipe for fudge – convinced Tara Porter to accept a job at Compeer Niagara two years ago, after she landed a bachelor's degree in leadership development from Houghton College. Her previous work, at People Inc. group homes and a day program for the intellectually disabled, underlined her desire to work where those with limitations were encour…

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A University at Buffalo student who completed suicide as he and his family struggled to get adequate help for his schizophrenia inspired the region’s first Mental Health Awareness Informational Fair and Flash Mob. "He ended up in a group home the night before he died, had some issues and asked to stay, but the staff told him he had to go. Within five minutes, he jumped …

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A new Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge starts this week, with a $5,000 grand prize. You also have the chance to run in your underwear this week and safely get rid of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. …