BUFFALO, N.Y. — The World Health Organization is asking everyone to consider their mental health.

The WHO says close to 1 billion people around the globe live with a mental disorder.

So to raise awareness, Sunday marked World Mental Health Day, and advocates are encouraging local leaders to increase access to life-saving services.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says mental health concerns spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buffalo-area organizations like the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York work to raise awareness about getting care when needed.

Karl Shallowhorn works as the youth programs director for the organization. He says there are plenty of resources locally they can provide access to including peer support groups and workplace mental well-being training.

"The nice thing about Western New York is we have plenty of resources,” Shallowhorn said. “But when they do, they can get that sense of relief and get the help they need."

For those who are in need of help or know somebody who does in Erie County, you can reach Crisis Services' 24 hour hotline by calling 716-834-3131.