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Behavioral Health Clinic: Making A Difference During COVID-19 and Mental Health Awareness Month

Updated: May 8




Buffalo, NY – In recognition of May's Mental Health Awareness Month, Gateway Longview is highlighting its Behavioral Health programs that have been providing ongoing mental and behavioral health services throughout COVID-19. Gateway Longview’s Behavioral Health Clinic and Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS) continue to provide individual and family therapy, behavioral support, and psychiatry services via telehealth and telephonic methods.


A community leader in behavioral and mental health since 1890, Gateway Longview Behavioral Health Services have continued to accept new patients in light of the rise of mental illness, emotion stress, and suicidal thoughts as a result of Coronavirus. According to recent studies, nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness, yet nearly two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment.


Just weeks ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the coronavirus - or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that everyone would experience”, said Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of Gateway Longview. “Now more than ever we need to find ways to stay connect with our community so we can help support and provide the help they need.”


Gateway Longview continues to incorporate a solution-focused, trauma-informed care approach to all of its mental health and behavioral health services. The Behavioral Health Clinic and “CFTSS” programs work to ensure that all youth and families feel supported and heard.


“1 in 5 people experience mental health illness in their lifetime, it is not always easy to ask for help, especially in a time of crisis and uncertainty, Gateway Longview is here for you” said Kristy D’Angelo, Gateway Longview V.P. of Behavioral Health Services.


With two clinic locations in both Buffalo (Downtown Clinic) and Williamsville (Northtown Clinic), Gateway Longview is committed to proving accessible mental health resources to all of WNY. To setup an appointment with the Behavioral Health Clinic, call 716-783-3221 or visit www.gateway-longview.org/bhc.


ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, Gateway Longview joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.

· 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.

· Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.

· One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.

· Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

(Source: National Council for Behavioral Health)

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