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The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting inquiries for its 2014 Small Grants Program that allows the foundation to respond to short-term organizational needs of nonprofits. Organizations in Erie and Niagara counties that provide services in one of the four funding categories of mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities, may be eligible for funds. Applicants should create an online account no later than Feb. 19 and submit a grant application no later than Feb. 26. For more information, visit: www.thetowerfoundation.org.

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Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and Mental Health Association of Erie County will hold a free workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Mental Health Association, 999 Delaware Ave. The workshop will feature local speakers and focus on ways individuals can take charge of their mental health. Lunch will be provided. Reservation deadline is Feb. 17. Call 886-1242, Ext. 321 or email: kmorgan@eriemha.org.

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Allentown Industries, the adult division of Heritage Centers, offers the LIFE Program (Living Independently and Fostering Employment) to help young adults ages 18 to 25 years gain skills for independent living. The program provides participants a blend of day habilitation, supported employment and community habilitation services. Contact Shelly Ralyea at 856-4202, Ext. 1287, or email: sralyea@heritagecenters.org for details.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers a support group for people who suffer from depression. The group meets from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment, 1526 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The purpose of the group is to address issues related to depression, including coping skills, self-esteem, life issues and peer counseling. For more information, call Danielle McMahon at 836-0822, Ext. 170, or Ella Anderson at 836-0822, Ext. 159.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Dr. Yogesh Bakhai, clinical director of psychiatric services at ECMC, will present “An Update on the Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health at ECMC.” For more information, call 226-6264.

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The Writing and Well-Being Workshop, a peer facilitated group at Mental Health Association of Erie County, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 999 Delaware Ave. The workshop is a helpful environment where writers can develop their craft and share with others in a safe space. The group is open to anyone age 18 or older who is a current or former mental health consumer. The group meets Saturdays bimonthly and is free. For further information, contact Lisa Maria Cruz at 886-1242, Ext. 310, or email: lmcruz@eriemha.org.

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Mental Health PEER Connection, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. families of agencies, offers a Peer Support Phone Line for individuals with disabilities in noncrisis situations seeking peer support for such issues as depression, anxiety, symptom management, relationships, loneliness, employment or even just to chat. Call 834-PEER or 834-7337 from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For volunteer opportunities, call 836-0822, Ext. 170.

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