Immediate care has been a buzzword in the healthcare industry in the past few years and there is an increasing number of people affected with issues dealing with emotional health.

With this issue at the forefront, WIVB-TV reports that local leaders announced the opening of a first-of-its-kind facility for Buffalo on Thursday.

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Spectrum Health officially opened the Urgent Mental Health Addictions Care Clinic on Main and Bryant Street to provide mental health and substance abuse services for people with immediate concerns.

All services are voluntary, and the center offers a safe place for individuals and families to seek support.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul stressed how important a facility of this kind can be in the wake of COVID-19.

“No one is immune to this,” Hochul said. “And no one should view it as a sign of weakness if you need to come here for help.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also said that the issues faced by the rest of the WNY have not subsided but in some cases have grown with the onset of the coronavirus...

“The issues with mental health and depression didn’t stop because of the COVID-19 outbreak- in fact it actually grew,” Poloncarz said.

The center is open weekdays Monday through Friday. Click here for more information.