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The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will host a free interactive conversation this week about mental illness. Those who attend will learn more about how community engagement and inclusive research is crucial to developing new research approaches, treatments and interventions to improve mental health. All are welcome to attend t…

Books

What do you get when you cross a voracious reader-writer, and lover of legend and myth, with a former social worker? In the case of Shannon Traphagen, a series of novels titled “Finding Morgan: A LeFay Trilogy.” Traphagen, of Hamburg, recently released the first book in her series about a young woman who shares a name with the sorceress capable of both good and evil …

Buffalo

Maybe a week before last month's graduation ceremony for Grand Island Senior High School's senior class, Scott LoHouse had a question for his youngest daughter, Grace. She learned in the spring that she would be senior valedictorian, and the honor carried a traditional responsibility. Scott wondered if she had started working on her commencement speech. Grace responded …

Education

Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so long ago that Peg Barrett and Joan Conti graduated together from the University at Buffalo and went to work as school social workers. Then they tick off the changes they’ve seen during more than three decades on the job. The rise of social media, the divorce rate, poverty. The opioid crisis. The ability of people, including students, to ope…

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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 …

Education

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…

TV

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…