Community Support Groups
  

Family Support Groups

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

Click here for more information on our support group for caregivers of younger children.
20 Something Group

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

Meets the second Friday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Hamburg, NY, 14075.

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 second Friday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Hamburg, NY, 14075.

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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!

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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.


The Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting

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.

Writing & Well Being Group

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, Writing & Well-Being Facilitator

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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!

Click here for more information - Buffalo

Click here for more information - Lockport


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.

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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.

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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.

Please contact Leslie at 716-886-1242 or intern@eriemha.org if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Support Group for Adults with ADD/ADHD

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The group meets at The Mental Health Association of Erie County, located at 999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209.

Please contact us at 716-886-1242 if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Sexual Assault Survivors (S.A.S.) Peer Support Group

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The group meets at The Mental Health Association of Erie County, located at 999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209.

Please contact us at 716-886-1242 or email SASpeersupportgroup@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like more information.

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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.

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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
Hopeful Hearts is a group for parents who are pregnant again after a previous pregnancy loss.

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999 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY
716-886-1242
info@eriemha.org



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