Mental Health

  • What is Mental Health?

    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

    Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

    • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
    • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
    • Family history of mental health problems

    Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

    Early Warning Signs

    Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

    • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
    • Pulling away from people and usual activities
    • Having low or no energy
    • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
    • Having unexplained aches and pains
    • Feeling helpless or hopeless
    • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
    • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
    • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
    • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
    • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
    • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
    • Thinking of harming yourself or others
    • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

    Mental Health and Wellness

    Positive mental health allows people to:

    • Realize their full potential
    • Cope with the stresses of life
    • Work productively
    • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

    Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

    • Getting professional help if you need it
    • Connecting with others
    • Staying positive
    • Getting physically active
    • Helping others
    • Getting enough sleep
    • Developing coping skills

    Learn More About Mental Health

    The importance of prevention and wellness

    Cattaraugus County Mental Health Services

    Counseling Services

    In areas surrounding Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School

    Spectrum Human Services
    27 Franklin Street
    Springville, NY

    Horton Counseling Center
    Bertrand Chaffee Hospital
    Springville, NY

    Cattaraugus County Mental Health
    Olean, NY and Machias, NY

     Salamanca Counseling Center                                                                          

    97 Main Street                                                                                                 

    Salamanca, NY  14779                                                                                    

    (716) 945-5211                                                                                               

    Cattaraugus County Dept. of Mental Health

    One Leo Moss Drive – Suite 4308

    Olean, NY  14760

    (716) 373-8040

    Springville Counseling Service – Tammy Pauley, LCSW-R

    252 E. Main Street

    Springville, NY  14141

    (716) 592-4286


    Rehabilitation Today Services  - Dr. Craig Zuckerman & Dr. Kevin Eagan

    1010 Wayne Street – Suite 100

    Olean, NY  14760

    (716) 372-3550


    The Resource Center ­-

    Jamestown Counseling & Psychiatric Services
    344 East Fourth Street
    Jamestown, New York 14701
    (716) 661-1590


    Orchard Park Office

    3065 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 204

    Orchard Park, NY  14127

    (716) 675-9232


    Dr. Verdonik - WCA Psychology

    (716) 664-8611

    Jones Memorial Health Center

    51 Glasglow Avenue

    Jamestown, NY  14701


    Local Contact Information – Cattaraugus County


    • Community Action Victim Service Division – (716) 945-1041
      • 24 Hour Hotline – 1-888-945-3972


    • Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse: Cattaraugus County
      • Salamanca – (716) 945-1928
      • Olean – (716) 373-0343


    • Cattaraugus County Mental Health – (716) 373-8040


    • Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department – (716) 938-9191


    • Catholic Charities
      • Salamanca – (716) 945-0619
      • Gowanda – (716) 532-9272


    • Child Protection Services Hotline – 1-800-342-3720


    • Youth Crisis & Runaway Hotline – 1-800-621-4000 1-800-448-4663