• Event Time 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Event Start Date September 7, 2019

Mental Health Peer Connection (MHPC) is inviting the public to a “Kite Festival Celebrating Mental Health”, including free hot dogs and other activities.  The activity is to take place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday September 7, 2019, at Gratwick Park on River Road, near Witmer Road, in North Tonawanda.

Intending it as a fun activity for the whole family, in addition to the hot dogs, the organizers invite participants to bring a dish of food to pass.  Attendees are encouraged to supply their own kites, or, standard basic kites will be available.  More information is available by calling Dan Colpoys at (716) 836-0822, extension 166.

While the Kite Flying Festival may seem a whimsical pursuit in times when there are many concerns about the future of health programs in our nation, there are solid mental health advocacy reasons for the MHPC Council to decide to hold it at this time:

*  People with serious mental health issues, (statistically, in one of every four families), are within our community, living, laughing, and loving freedom with their families and friends.

* These people with serious mental health issues need more than medication.  They need community involvement and interaction and recreation — such as kite flying!  In psychiatric treatment in today’s United States, the dominant treatment is medicine — that’s it!  There is more to Recovery than taking medications!  A terrific and enjoyable way to start on the road to Recovery is simply flying kites with those who have been there and understand; that is, with our Peers.

*. Citizens in general need to see that others with serious mental health issues are NOT a danger to society.  Only 3% are, less than the 3.7% average of the total population that commits violent crimes.  But many ARE contributing tax payers in Erie and Niagara Counties!

* Those old institutions that were used to warehouse us before effective treatments were discovered are shutting down.  The fact is, people diagnosed as having mental health issues are an integral part of the community, and we wish other folks would realize that we simply want to participate, like anyone else, even if what we’re doing is flying a kite!

Mental Health PEER Connection is a peer-driven advocacy organization, dedicated to facilitating self-directed growth, wellness and choice through genuine peer mentoring.

Mental Health PEER Connection

3108 Main Street • Buffalo, New York 14214

Phone (716) 836-0822 • Fax (716) 835-3967