Online and Other Self-Care Resources
Below are some links to other self-care resources available on the Internet, University at Buffalo websites, local Buffalo area self-care resources, and some suggestions for fun things to do in the area over the school year. (If you find a link that no longer works, please let us know.)
Meditation, Yoga, Relaxation, Sleep
Stress Management, Health Care
Psychological Issues, Self-Assessment, Burnout
American Psychological Association Help Center: Information on work and school, family and relationships, health and emotional wellness, publications, and more
Social Work Search: Information on mental health, substance abuse, employment, practice, licensing, professional organizations, research methods and statistics, and more
Fried Social Worker: Provides resources, articles, strategies for preventing and addressing burnout in the Social Work profession
Trauma Information, Training, Professional Organizations
Figley Institute (Dr. Charles Figley): Training and continuing education programs for those who provide relief to emotionally traumatized individuals and communities
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Green Cross Academy of Traumatology: Establishes and maintains professionalism and high standards for the field of traumatology
Sidran Institute (Dr. Beth Stamm): Provides traumatic stress education, advocacy, resources, and training
Provides resources and articles developed by David Baldwin, PhD on trauma and traumatic stress
Adverse Childhood Events Study: Provides summaries of the ongoing results of the ACE Study.
University at Buffalo Websites
University at Buffalo Counseling Center
Self-Assessment Program: On-line Screening, mental health, wellness, and safety promotion resources, UB Well Program, groups
University at Buffalo Student Health
University at Buffalo LGBTQ Services at UB
University at Buffalo Rape & Other Sexual Violence Prevention
University at Buffalo Career Services
Finding campus jobs, mentors, career planning
University at Buffalo Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy
Mediation program, rules and regulations, student-wide judiciary,
University at Buffalo University Police
Alerts, theft prevention
University at Buffalo Student Response Center
Information on registering for classes, student records, financial aid, paying bills, administrative policies and procedures, university academic policies, graduate school, veterans affairs
Greater Buffalo Websites
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Greater Buffalo Area
Save Our Selves: Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Western New York meetings list
Women for Sobriety
A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings in Western New York
Mental Health Association of Erie County
Information and referral services, mental health, veterans programs, healthy eating, and more
24-hour hotline, suicide prevention, rape and domestic violence services, mental health information, trauma services, referrals
Buffalo Spree Magazine List of Top Local Physicians
Himalayan Institute of Buffalo
Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, special events, training
Taoist Tai Chi Society, Buffalo, NY Branch
Buffalo Line Dancing Locations
Greater Buffalo Massage Therapists Listing
Some Things to Do in Greater Buffalo
While in Buffalo and its environs you can enjoy many great restaurants, go to the movies, have fun at lots of nightclubs where you can dance ‘til you drop, stroll innumerable music, craft, and food festivals, or attend plays and concerts. Below are some ideas that you might consider as options for your self-care plan.
Delaware Park in Buffalo
A beautiful park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Below are some of these things that you can do within Delaware Park.
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Plays by Shakespeare have been produced for 35 seasons in the Park. There are 2 plays every summer, talks with the directors before the play on Tuesdays, and music before the play on Wednesdays. Free.
300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716) 837-3900
Accessible through Delaware Park, is a great place to visit any time of the year. Some of the highlights include the elephants, giraffes, polar bears, Indian tiger, zebra, and the snow leopards. Before you visit, check the website to see if there are any special exhibits that are rotating through.
Go for a jog
Within Delaware Park there are several miles of trails that weave in and out of the park, as well as a four-mile loop around Hoyt Lake. In addition, you can jog or do sprint workouts around the track located within the park.
Relax with a picnic or barbeque
There are plenty of places to sit down in Delaware Park and enjoy a bite to eat, including many picnic tables and benches. You are allowed to barbecue as well, but you must provide your own grill.
Join a game of baseball, tennis or basketball
There are several baseball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts located in Delaware Park.
Autumn in Buffalo
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY (716) 696-3555
Beautiful gardens you can enjoy any time of year with a wide range of plants and flowers. There are classes, special events, holiday programs, and more. Open all year.
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY (716) 896-5200 X 338 or 825-6397
Operated by the Buffalo Museum of Science, a 264 acre nature refuge dedicated to conservation and environmental education. Consists of ponds, marshes, and woodlands for bird watching, fishing, snowshoe rental, and cross-country skiing.
Woodlawn Beach State Park
S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, NY (716) 826-1930
Great place for a fall walk along the lake on the one mile long sand beach. A nature center/bathhouse complex with exhibits about the park’s natural history is connected to the beach by an interpretive nature boardwalk through the wooded wetlands.
31 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY (716) 655-0261
Original “Arts & Crafts” campus has events, walking tours July-September, craft shop, restaurant and inn
The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival
11199 Main Street, Clarence, NY
Food, spooky haunted house, Boo Barn, amusement rides, hayrides, pumpkins, and more.
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway #1, Buffalo, NY (716) 896-5200
Multiple programs for adults and kids, special exhibits, 400 seat 3-D auditorium, hands –on exhibits, the most complete record of life of the greater Niagara Region along with exhibits on space, dinosaurs, life in ancient Egypt, gems, and more. Open all year.
Forest Lawn Cemetery
1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY (716) 885-1600
Beautiful 269-acre cemetery is on the State and National registers of historic places. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1849 it includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Blue Sky Mausoleum. It is the final resting place of famous African Americans Mary B. Talbert and Reverend J. Edward Nash as well as President Millard Fillmore and Seneca Nation orator Red Jacket. Guided tours in summer; open year round.
Winter in Buffalo
Route 240, Colden, NY
Skiing, snow boarding, tubing, lessons, food, bar, music
Rotary Ice Skating Rink
40 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY (716) 856-3150
Free skating located at the corner of Main and Chippewa Streets in Fountain Plaza, concession and skate rental counters
Tifft Nature Preserve
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Christmas in the Country Craft Show
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY (716) 648 9733
Early November annual craft show voted one of the best in the country with hundreds of vendors and artisans
Open year round
Buffalo Museum of Science
Open year round
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY (716) 882-8700
Modern and contemporary art, art from different styles and cultures, gift shop, tours, library, restaurant. Open year round
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Buffalo State College 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY (716) 878-6011 www.burchfieldpenney.org/
Artwork by artists from the Buffalo, Niagara, and Western New York area, special events, and educational programming. Open year round.
Broadway Market Christmas Food Fair (November)
First Night Buffalo
Many free downtown Buffalo events with great fireworks at midnight
Spring in Buffalo
Knox Farm State Park
437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora, NY (716) 655-7200
Former country estate of Knox family, scenic trails, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, farm animals, Audubon tours
Vidler’s 5 & 10 Store
676-694 Main St, East Aurora, NY (716) 452-0481
Nostalgic country variety store with an enormous variety of merchandise in the center of lovely East Aurora
Plantasia: Artistry in Bloom
Agri-Center and Expo Building
Erie County Fairgrounds
5600 McKinley Parkway
Gardening and landscape show featuring theme gardens, free education seminars, children’s discovery center, and market
Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY (716) 847-1773
All branches of the Armed Forces are represented in this Buffalo waterfront attraction. Tours of decks and hulls of missile cruisers, destroyers, and WWII submarines are available as well as planes, tanks, uniforms, and other military artifacts.
Cofeld Judaic Museum Of Temple Beth Zion
805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY (716) 836-6565
The temple houses a magnificent collection of more than a thousand Judaic artifacts dating from 10th Century to the present, on display in three rooms.
Holland Tulip Festival
Games, food, entertainment
Elmwood @ Bidwell Farmer’s Market
999 Broadway - Buffalo, NY 14212
8am-1pm locally produced fruits, flowers, veggies
Niagara Falls Information
The U. S. side of the Falls has many attractions including helicopter rides over the Falls, site-seeing tours, casino, tours, and yes, a wedding chapel. Below are some of the main attractions.
Maid of the Mist boat rides up to the falls are lots of fun and wet, slickers provided
Cave of the Winds where you can climb the stairs and be 20 feet from Bridal Falls, wet, slickers provided
The Aquarium has fish and aquatic life from the Great Lakes as well as the rest of the water world
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the nation, 400 acres, trails, Cave of the Winds, islands, picnic area, visitor’s center with a movie theatre which features about the Falls, viewmoblie at Prospect Point, and gift shop
Whirlpool State Park is 2.5 miles north of the Falls with amazing view of the Giant Whirlpool and powerful rapids of the Niagara River. The park has 109 acres with bike trails, picnic tables, playground, fishing, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is a geological museum with a 13-minute show of the history of the Gorge and the Falls, hands-on displays, and a spectacular view of the Niagara River and Gorge.
The Official Travel Resource for Buffalo & Niagara Falls