Stigma in the Workplace

Stigma affects individuals with mental health issues in all aspects of their lives – personal relationships, family life and in the workplace.  
According to N.A.M.I. (National Alliance of Mental Illness), eight out of ten workers with a mental health condition say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment. Workers may be afraid that being open about their struggles will hurt their reputation, compromise work relationships, or even jeopardize their job.

Q&A: Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County
Marlene A. Schillinger, President/CEO of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County, about the current need for mental health services in our community .

Q: Has your agency seen an increase in requests for mental health services?

Our inquiries and intakes for mental health services are consistent. We see an escalation in inquires and intakes during certain times of the year. For example, in March and the beginning of April we will see a spike in inquiries and intakes during March Madness.  People of all ages, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds try to make up their sports betting loses. When they don’t, people become interested in our Gambling Recovery program.

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