mental health

Upcoming Trainings

Access Health partners with NAMI Maine to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Trainings are free*, space is limited to 30, register early!

*Lunch will be provided. A $5 fee will be collected at registration.

Access Health’s Efforts

  • Project Aware: Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Access Health provides free Youth MH_Need_to_Know_Page_1Mental Health First Aid to our community, including all our middle and high schools. Goals include:
    • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth
    • Train school personnel and other adults who interact with school-age youth so they can detect and respond to mental health issues
    • Connect children, youth, and families who may experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services
  • MBSR Teen – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  Access Health has partnered with Mid Coast Hospital to pilot MBSR in two local high schools.  MBSR is an educational program designed to help people better cope with stress and life’s challenges.

For more information, or Mental Health Awareness resources, contact our Mental Health Coordinator, Elizabeth Munsey

Resources

Classes

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at Mid Coast Hospital – MBSR is an 8 week  educational program designed to help people better cope with stress and life’s challenges.  MBSR Teen is being piloted at two local high schools.
  • Mental Health First Aid learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.  Contact Elizabeth Munsey for courses near you.

Information

  • MentalHealth.gov – from the US Department Health & Human Services, this new website offers the basics, how to talk about Mental Health, what to look for and how to get help
  • SAMHSA – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations goal is to prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use in America’s communities.

Local Support and Treatment

  • NAMI Maine – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness through support, education and advocacy.
  • Sweetser – offers services that address emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities through a network of educational programs, preventive services, community-support services, residential homes and outpatient services.
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare – provides integrated, comprehensive care – treating the mind and body together