Buffalo, NY – Gateway Longview, a community leader in behavioral and mental health, recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month and will continue offering services to support youth and families in the community.
An estimated 21% of children with a mental health issue actually get the treatment they need. Counseling can help your child, and can also provide crucial resources for the parent.(1) Throughout the pandemic, Gateway Longview has adapted to providing services to as many youth as possible, telehealth visits grew on average 23% each month from 2019 on.
“NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2021 theme of ‘You Are Not Alone’ is especially poignant this year. The stigma of a mental health diagnosis still persists in our community and has been an ever-present theme during the pandemic. The numbers are staggering, 1 in 6 youth will experience a mental health condition every year,” said Carolyne DeFranco President & CEO of Gateway Longview. “We want our community to know that Gateway Longview is here to help, and we have many services to support our youth and families.”
“We have seen an increase in requests for services, and have been providing telehealth services throughout the pandemic,” said Kristy D’Angelo, Chief Operating Officer of Behavioral Health and Preventive Services, “I am proud of our staff who were able to pivot so quickly to accommodate the needs of our clients.”
Gateway Longview has events planned throughout the month of May to raise awareness.
Friday, May 7th – Our social media will be featuring ways to support your children for National Children’s Mental Health Day.
Feature videos throughout the month to bring awareness of the variety of services Gateway Longview offers.
Wednesday, May 19th - Annual fundraiser “BBQ & Brews Bash” virtually this year in support of the agencies’ initiatives, including mental health services. For more information on Gateway Longview and their fundraiser visit https://www.gateway-longview.org/bbqbb.
If your child needs help, know that you are not alone. Call to setup an appointment at 716-783-3221 or visit www.gateway-longview.org/bhc.