Hotel Henry is excited to announce a new community collaboration with the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition and the Join the Conversation public awareness campaign. It kicks off with “Lights Up,” a three-day celebration of community and collaboration, shining a light on the Coalition’s initiative—encouraging our neighbors to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and join the conversation on mental health. Hotel Henry welcomes the public the weekend of September 7, 8, and 9 for a variety of programmed events as we wrap up the summer season, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition to amplify the conversation around the stigma of mental illness. Moving forward, Hotel Henry and the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition envision a speaker series, anti-stigma training, and more.
Hotel Henry approached the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition with the idea of working together, using Lights Up as a way to amplify the coalition’s message – get people talking about mental illness and mental health in order to reduce the stigma surrounding it. “One in 5 people are living with a diagnosable mental health condition, yet few people ever talk about it because of stigma,” says Max Donatelli, Chair of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, “It is a barrier for people to seek help and we want to encourage people to join the conversation.”
The weekend will spotlight some of Hotel Henry’s most popular recurring collaborations and programs (and some new!) including JazzBuffalo, Resource:Art, Soul Candy Project, Banner Farms Carriage Rides, DJ Malik Von Saint, lululemon, Paella on the Patio, and more. Some events will be free to the public while others will be ticketed or donation based, with a portion of proceeds going to the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition. Event tickets, registration information, and the full event schedule can be found on Hotel Henry’s website: https://www.hotelhenry.com/lights-up/.
Words are powerful. That’s why we’re working with the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, asking people like you to take the Pledge to End Stigma. Join our group of thought leaders and difference makers who are working to change public perceptions about mental health. Pledge to End Stigma with us and help create a new dialogue about mental health HERE.