Youth Peer Advocacy

COVID-19 and YOUth


COVID-19 and YOUth is a new virtual group series for young people who are struggling with the stress of COVID-19 and are looking for some extra support and resources. WNYIL's Youth Peer Advocates created this 4 part series to address the needs and better support young people in maintaining their wellness while practicing social distancing and focusing on self care. To join please register at or contact or 716-836-0822 ext. 161"


  • Young people 14-28; Under 18 will need parent/guardian consent 
  •  Has a disability
  •  Lives within Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming counties 
  •  GoTo Meeting will be used as the platform, minimum of a phone OR internet connected device and a private space to participate

To Register: 


Get Support Through Mental Health Peer Connection


People Who Need People

People Who Need People

Hosted by Leslie Saunders

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

RSVP at or call 716-416-2522

“People Who Need People” is a support group designed for individuals who are new in the recovery process and are asking “what should I do now”?

Addict to Addict virtual support group

A2A Support Group

Hosted by Megan Green

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

RSVP at: or call 716-398-3907

A group for peers to help peers through the obstacles of addiction and recovery. This group is a judgment free zone to help one another recover.

Wellness Wisdom

PEER 2 PEER Wellness Wisdom

Hosted by Johanna Andujar & Cathie Campbell

Wednesdays and Fridays 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

RSVP at  or call 716 328-3640

This is a group that not only offers support, it will assist in the development of coping skills so that we can learn to become more tolerant and resilient. In this time period, where we are facing constant changes daily to our personal and work lives developing tolerance of others and the world, we live in will help us to increase our personal resilience. Becoming resilient will assist us in being able to improve how we respond and deal with these constant changes.  We will focus on developing our own personal WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans) where we can keep track of what our stressors are and what tools work best for those stressors.

Hope for Families

Hope for Families

Hosted by Naomi Taylor

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

RSVP at or call 716-563-0078

While the pandemic is active, families are in their homes without activities to keep their thinking moving towards recovery. The peer support group will provide support similar to the face to face groups to enable family members to voice their concerns and struggles. This is a peer run family support group for family members in a time of crisis.

Peer Connection

Peer Connection

Hosted by Kelly Hauser

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

RSVP at or call 716-322-9264

This group is about connecting with fellow peers in a supportive, topic-oriented format that provides peers a safe platform to explore emotion regulation, healthy coping strategies, mindfulness, and self-empowerment for anyone seeking help with a mental health disorder.

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night: Freedom of Expression 

Hosted by Lisa María Cruz

Thursdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RSVP at or call 716-208-2590

Do you want to connect with other people and have some fun? Are you sick of being isolated? Are you brimming with ideas on how to express yourself? Are you ready for a creative outlet? If you answered yes to any of these questions then come on in and join our Open Mic Night: Freedom of Expression. People can freely express themselves through spoken word, singing, music, theater, dance and comedy. 

An important note about the RSVP process and privacy

For your privacy

For Your Privacy

To maintain your privacy, we do not publicly share the phone numbers and links to our virtual meetings. Please call to RSVP. We will respect people's wishes to remain anonymous.