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Who We Are

The Mental Health Association in Niagara County has been proudly serving the community since our founding in 1964. We offer free and low-cost programs that promote mental wellness, provide needed services for those with a mental health diagnosis, and actively work to alleviate the stigma and public misunderstanding of mental illness.

Information and Referral



Peer (Hospital) Advocacy

Compeer Niagara

Community Education

Support Groups

Legal Advocacy 

Consumer Planning Action Committee

We recognize that mental illness cuts across all social, economic, age and gender lines. We also recognize that mental illness touches us all. We may have family members, friends or co-workers who are affected. Knowing how to recognize when someone needs help, and when to give it, can help our community be a better and safer place to live.

Mission Statement
The Mission of The Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc. is to promote mental wellness by sponsoring and implementing advocacy, education and community service programs.

Vision Statement
The Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc. will create a community where mental health disorders are treated in the same manner as physical disorders, where stigma no longer exists, where recovery is an expectation following mental health diagnoses, where finding meaningful employment is possible and living a safe, satisfying life with meaningful relationships is a reality.


The Mental Health Association in Niagara County, Inc. is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the Niagara County Department of Mental Health, the United Way of Greater Niagara, the United Way of the Tonawandas, grants, memberships and voluntary contributions.

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

The MHA regularly provides opportunities for interns who wish to gain experience relevent to their field. Students from the fields of psychology, social work, nursing and education can benefit from working in our programs. We also accept internships for students interested in gaining experience in graphic design, social media, marketing, publicity, business and more. To get started with an intership at the MHA, please submit a resume along with an Internship Request Form.

MHA Board of Directors


Executive Board

Executive Director: Cheryl Blacklock

Board President: Rebecca Wydysh

Board Vice President: Emily Shields

Secretary: Alix Hutchison


Board Members 

Christopher Aiken 

Lawrence Eggert

Lauren Hearn

Isaiah Jordan

Ryan Parisi

Christopher Roche

David Skiba


The Board of Directors meets the third Thursday of each month.


MHA: The Information and Referral Specialists
Mental Health Association of Niagara County
36 Pine Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: 716-433-3780
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