On July 11, 2015, Biker’s Against Depression will hold their 2nd Annual Benefit Ride to help raise awareness about depression among our children and community in Memory of Shawn Wilson.
The benefit will include a poker run, Chinese auction, raffles, food, beverage and entertainment.
All proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor Behavioral Health and NAMI of Erie County. We were chosen to receive the raised funds because of our excellent care we provide to those with depression, or those survivors who have lost someone because of depression. Cost is $10 per person and includes the poker run and the benefit.
July 11, 2015
Registration begins at 11:00am at Harley Davidson of Erie, 3712 West 12th Street. Stops will include the Home Tavern, Lakeside Tavern, NAMI of Erie County, the Harley Store, and a benefit party at Scooters.
The Junior League of Erie in partnership with Get Connected hosted the RAVE Awards ceremony on April 28th at the Ambassador Hotel to honor local volunteers. We are proud to have had our SAFELine Corry Youth Advisory Council nominated for this award under the Teen Volunteer category. Winners were awarded $1,000 to be paid forward to their nonprofit of choice.
Two of the committee members attended the awards dinner, Abby Helmer and Christopher Lytle. We are very proud of our students who serve on this council! They serve as great role models for youth in our community.
Safe Harbor Behavioral Health’s Youth Advisory Council at Corry High School created a week’s worth of positive events called “They Don’t Own You”, to educate students about dating violence. This awareness week ran February 2-6th.
The Youth Advisory Council at Corry consists of 15 students who work with Safe Harbor Behavioral Health’s SAFELine program. Corry High School and SAFELine have been partners for over 3 years. This awareness week was a student-generated, led, and implemented result of that collaboration.
The week featured many exciting activities such as a fundraiser for My Safe Journey to a student photo booth and finished on Friday with an assembly featuring Dr. Gary Cuccia* and a teacher dance-off! The students even surpassed their $1,000 fundraising goal so their Superintendent, William Nichols had to dance at the assembly!
Congratulations to the students for coordinating an educational and fun week, and great job to all of the teachers for busting a move in front of the whole school!
The Student Advisory Council at Corry High School not only starred in the new SAFELine commercial, but helped write the script and offered advice for edits. The students were all very enthusiastic and we are proud of their efforts. Corry was also the winner of the 2012 SAFELine video contest, which this commercial was loosely based on. Look for the commercial airing on WJET-TV 24!
10/17/11- SAFELine kicks off the new school year with the help of UPMC. Check out the article featured in the Erie Times News. http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011310169871
10/17/11- SAFELine featured on WJET-TV 24.
Calling Youth Leaders!
SAFELine is looking for Youth Advisory Council leaders. Leaders should be going into their Junior year of High School in 2011-2012. The Youth Advisory Council will help shape SAFELine’s service to Erie County by giving suggestions on:
- Use of Social Media for SAFELine staff and also callers
- Ideas on how to make SAFELine information readily available in their schools
- What issues SAFELine should focus on in their schools
- How to take steps to make a difference in their schools
- Students who can be non-judgmental and understand how serious bullying, suicide, depression, substance abuse, and other problems really are for youth
- Are motivated to help, and willing to give a couple of hours a month to make a difference in their schools and communities
- Can utilize their life experiences to engage their peers
We will be sending out application information to local school districts. Student candidates will be nominated, and will be asked to complete an application. Final selections will be made by SAFELine staff, and we will initiate the committee in August 2011. If you are interested in participating as a youth leader, please contact us at 456-SAFE (456-7233).
Stigma is a fancy word for a common problem. It refers to the shame and self-doubt that people feel when they think they are ‘different’ from others.
Unfortunately, stigma is something that keeps many people from getting mental health treatment, substance abuse care, help for an unplanned pregnancy, or even help after a rape. Most of the time, when we hear about stigma, it’s when people are talking about adults. But, it’s about time we realize stigma isn’t just something adults deal with! The thing is, adolescents and teens are also very concerned with their identity, and spend most of this period of their lives trying to figure out ‘who they are’. Of course, this is complicated when they must try to sort out why they have to take medicine, why people are treating them differently, or why some friends even drop them.
So, what can we do? We have to start, adults and young people alike, by realizing that the problem is real, and that we can do something about it. Stigma is in part caused by the social environment. Start by creating an environment where it is safe to ask for help for whatever you need. No one would condemn the student who asks for help with homework. Why would we judge the student who needs medicine in order to focus on it?
GLBT youth are more likely to experience bullying during their teens? They are also more at risk for suicide.
Help get the word out there that SAFELine is a safe space for people to talk about what they are going through in a supportive and confidential environment.
For celebrity inspiration, check out the “It Gets Better Project” which features inspirational messages to GLBT youth who are struggling to think of what their future may hold: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/