Find Therapists and Counselors in Amherst, NY

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About Amherst

Amherst is a town in Erie County, New York. The area initially belonged to the Seneca nation (part of the Iroquois Confederacy). The Seneca nation ceded control of the area at the Big Tree Treaty in 1797. New York state established the town of Amherst in 1818. The town was named after Sir Jeffrey Amherst, an officer in the British army.

Amherst has 126,000 inhabitants. The town is home to 6,900 military veterans. Roughly 95% of residents age 25 or older have graduated from high school. Fifty-four percent of residents in this age group have a bachelor’s degree.

People in Amherst earn a mean annual wage of $38,800. The median household income is $71,100. Seventy-one percent of families in Amherst own their home. Ten percent of residents live in poverty.

Mental Health in Amherst

The Family Assessment and Support Team (FAST) offers mental health services to youth within the Amherst Central School District. Both individual and family counseling are available. FAST offers treatment for eating disorders, gambling addiction, and other conditions.

Alcohol abuse in particular is an issue among Amherst youth. In 2007, Amherst students in grades 8, 10, and 12 took a survey on their drinking patterns. Over half of students had drunk alcohol in the last year. Thirty-five percent had drunk alcohol in the last 30 days. The Erie County Council on the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services offers parent education programs for preventing substance abuse.

References:

  1. A brief history of the town of Amherst. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.amherst.ny.us/misc/amherst200/200_history.asp
  2. Counseling and other programs. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.amherst.ny.us/govt/govt_dept.asp?dept_id=dept_24&menu_id=menu_12
  3. Historic overview. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.amherst.ny.us/pdf/committees/additional/historic/overview.pdf
  4. QuickFacts: Amherst Town, Erie County, New York. (n.d.). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/amhersttowneriecountynewyork/PST040216
  5. Underage drinking: Not a minor problem. (n.d.). Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.amherst.ny.us/pdf/youth/taskforce/underagedrinking.pdf