Help for Veterans

November is the month we honor the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. Often experiences they have while serving our country can result in mental health challenges when they return home.
The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition is working to change public perceptions about mental illness for veterans and others and member organizations stand ready to provide essential mental health services.

Veteran Mental Health.
A Q&A with Compeer.
Many local veterans face significant mental health challenges. We reached out to Cheri Alvarez, chief program officer at Compeer, one of Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition’s founding members, to learn more.

Q: What are some mental health issues faced by veterans?
The mental health issues faced by veterans include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) substance abuse disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Do the members of your organization, church, temple or community group want to learn more about our organization?
The Anti-Stigma Coalition can provide a speaker to share how our campaign is working to eliminate stigma and help people with mental health challenges.
Contact Karen Karaszewski at

Veterans Day
Become a member of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition
Does your organization, church, temple, or community group want to combine forces with our organization? Do you individually want to engage with us to stop the stigma of mental illness? Please consider becoming a member of our Coalition by completing our membership form

It is going to take a massive community effort to move the needle on stigma, please become a part of the solution. Questions? Please contact Max Donatelli, Chairperson, at