Make Your Mental Health a Priority This Holiday Season

Submitted by gallagha on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 14:33


Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene Is Here to Offer Support for the Holidays


MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- For many, this year’s holiday season has posed some very unique challenges as county residents deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Patients of the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene clinics as well as many of our community outreach partners are reporting higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression. The stress of financial commitments, physical and mental health issues, as well as relationship conflicts some people may experience can be exhausting and debilitating, truly making it hard to be in any kind of “holiday” spirit.


That’s why today, the County Executive and Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene are announcing a series of short Facebook live events to offer residents additional opportunities to interact with health care professionals as they navigate the holiday season.


Mental Health Professionals from the Department of Mental Hygiene and the Resource Center will provide brief, 10-15- minute talks on different topics such as stress, grief, depression and anxiety. Stress will be addressed on Friday, December 18; Grief on Monday, December 21; and Depression and Anxiety on Tuesday, December 22. All events begin at 1 p.m. and will be hosted on the County Government  Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/ . Residents are encouraged to join in and ask other mental health related questions.


“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve used the phrase ‘Chautauqua Strong,’” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “Part of Chautauqua Strong is being able to talk to each other when we face challenges. As County Executive, I work hard to be resourceful and fiscally responsible in connecting our residents to county services. These Facebook events are an opportunity to start a conversation for those that could use a little help. ”


During each session, guest experts will also discuss another one-to-one tool called myStrength, a digital behavioral health tool that helps empower individuals with engaging, clinically-proven resources. Viewers can request a free sign-up code to access the many benefits that over 1,400 people in Chautauqua County are already signed up for and using.


“I think it is vitally important that everyone realize that especially now in these times of great uncertainty, it is ok to ask for help, or to reach out and talk to someone,” said Patricia Brinkman, Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services. “Even if you might be navigating the stress of the situation without issue, please also remember to take a moment and check on your family members, your neighbors and friends to see how they are coping.”


The stigmas related to mental health are often a barrier for someone to reach out to talk to a professional. Now more than ever, the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene wants to remind residents that: 


It’s ok to feel a little anxious right now.


It’s ok to be sad, lonely, or confused.


It’s ok to feel angry or like you’ve lost control.


Most importantly, it’s ok to ask for help. 


Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline: 1-800-724-0461, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The County Crisis Hotline is an emotional support hotline, staffed with behavioral health professionals that provides free confidential assistance to help navigate these uncertain times.


People can also call the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene clinic in Jamestown at (716) 661-1590 and Dunkirk at (716) 366-7660. Both have remained open throughout the pandemic. Residents can call for an appointment or stop in to take advantage of open access walk-in times. Additionally, after an initial visit, telehealth services are also available.

It is important to remember now more than ever what has always been true that


It’s Ok to not be Ok!








In addition to the County Clinics, there are numerous other support services available throughout Chautauqua County’s system of care. Please keep their information handy as well.

Community Resources:

  • Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline: 1-800-724-0461, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;


  • Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Mobile Crisis Team, 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends and holidays, accessed through the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline;


  • Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene Clinics, Jamestown: (716) 661-8330, Dunkirk: (716) 363-3550;


  • UPMC Chautauqua Outpatient Mental Health Program, Dunkirk: (716) 664-8641;


  • The Resource Center Mental Health, Jamestown: (716) 661-1590, Dunkirk: (716) 366-7660;


  • Hospice Chautauqua County Bereavement Services (all ring into the administrative offices), Jamestown/Lakewood: (716) 338-0033, Dunkirk/Fredonia: (716) 672-6944, Mayville: (716) 753-5383;


  • Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Support and Linkages: (716) 661-9044;


  • The Chautauqua Center, Jamestown: (716) 484-4334, Dunkirk (716) 363-6050;


  • Family Service of the Chautauqua Region: (716) 488-1971 or Toll-Free 1-888-358-3899;


  • NYS HOPEline is a telephone support and referral line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for treatment of addictions. Text or call: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369);


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255;


  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.



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