Our Church Opens Minds through awareness about the variety of disabilities that affect people every day. There is no us and them when it comes to disabilities. All people are differently-abled and all people will experience some disability, at least once in life. A parish Opens Minds whenever it takes concrete steps to exercise God's compassion for people who are differently-abled physically, mentally or emotionally.
Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that begins with forgetfulness that is severe enough to effect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Symptoms progress to confusion, trouble with organizing and expressing thoughts, misplacing things, getting lost in familiar places, and changes in personality and behavior. Alzheimer's disease is the 2nd largest contributor to elderly death. Every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's. 1 our of 3 seniors in the United States who die this year has Alzheimer's or another dementia. And 450,000 Americans will die with Alzheimer's disease this year.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill www.nami.org - as the mission of sharing information and support. It offers a place to access information, share personal stories through discussion groups and find resources about mental illness. National Mental Health Association www.nmha.org - a national advocacy, education, research, and service related to mental health.
Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org - offers online courses for education and awareness and many services to assist caregivers in a variety of areas. Visit the web workshop on the Ten Signs of Alzheimers (also in Spanish).
WNY Alzheimer’s Associationo www.alz.org/wny - offers education through online courses, conferences; offers support through linkage to service providers, monthly newsletters, caregiver companions, and respite opportunities.
Action for Mental Health, Inc. www.actionformentalhealth.org - is an organization founded by and for consumers and committed to the principles of mental health consumer empowerment. Consumer empowerment embraces the concept that recovery from mental illness involves active participation in all facets of treatment. Action for Mental Health has developed programs designed to help consumers help themselves.Action for Mental Health serves Erie County
Baker Victory Services www.bakeryvictory.org - offers a wide-range of services for individuals with physical, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges. In addition, BVS includes programming which supplies a lifetime of care--from infancy to late adulthood.
Catholic Charities www.ccwny.org - offers a wide-range of services through the Monsignor Carr Institute, Catholic Charitites Community Outreach Treatment Team, Catholic Charities Creative Edge Studio, Catholic Charities Children’s Mental Health Clinics, Catholic Charities Salamanca Clubhouse, and Catholic Therapists.
Behavioral Health Services www.nfmmc.org - Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for people of all ages. Our mission: Provide quality care to all in a safe and compassionate environment using a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the uniqueness and dignity of each patient. Wyoming County Mental Health Services www.araservices.com
- provides comprehensive, accessible, culturally competent outpatient mental health services which will assist clients in recovering from mental illness and in achieving the highest possible level of functioning and independence. Offices are located in Warsaw
.The Counseling Center www.araservices.com
- provides services in Allegany County
for people affected by mental illness and serious emotional disturbance to achieve their hopes, dreams and quality of life goals. Offices located in Wellsville, Houghton and Cuba
Network of Care for Behavioral Health http://allegany.ny.networkofcare.org/mh/resource/find.cfm a web resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health providing information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.
Click Here for a list of support groups throughout WNY
(Also see other support under Mental Illness)
Options for Eucharist
- persons with mental illness may find the traditional Sunday mass setting too crowded, long or confining. An alternative could be to attend a week day or evening mass. A Eucharistic Service for recipients of mental health services and care givers is is held the Second Friday of each month at 7pm at St. Joseph University Chapel at 3275 Main Street
. This twenty minute service is designed for those feel more comfortable in a less confining, less populated and shorter service. For more information, contact Sister Jeremy Midura at 833-0298.
For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Sharon Urbaniak or call 716-847-5514.