June 2020 News
We know that this is a difficult time. The world can feel like a heavy place to be right now for many reasons, but we’re always here for you at NAMI Maine.
Mental Health Month may have come to a close, but we are here to support you with your mental wellness all year long. As we enter the month of June and kick off summer here in Maine, we’ll be honoring communities in Maine as we observe Pride, Men’s Health Month, and PTSD Awareness month.
However your summer is shaping up, we hope you’ll find some time to safely seek peace and mental wellness, whether in the garden, on a hike, or on the coast. Let us know what your needs are and how we can best support you by reaching out to us. We hope to hear from you.
PRIDE MONTH IS HERE!
The pandemic has impacted LGBTQ Mainers in ways beyond pride parades being canceled and other June celebrations. Youth may be isolated from support networks while stuck at home with families who do not acknowledge or who openly reject a young person’s identity.
Since stay-at-home orders have gone into effect, calls to the Trevor Project’s LifeLine have doubled and studies show that 1 in 3 gay, bisexual, and transgender men feel unsafe in home lockdown.
Even under normal circumstances, the LGBTQ community is more at risk for mental health concerns than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Here are some ways to find support and also to be an ally.
- Know your resources. Visit NAMI Maine’s collected list of local and national LGBTQ resources here.
- Save the 24/7 Trevor LifeLine in your phone. Call at 1-866-488-7386, Text START to 678678, or chat at www.thetrevorproject.org.
- Get mental health support. Reach out to the NAMI Maine HelpLine at 800-464-5767 (or [email protected]) for a free mental health check-in with one of our volunteer providers, or check out Maine Transnet’s provider database for culturally competent therapists and counselors.
- Connect with other LGBTQ folks, even if remotely. Check out EqualityMaine, OUTMaine, Maine Transnet, OUTRIGHT L/A, the Health Equity Alliance, and SAGE Maine for support groups, opportunities for community connection, and more
- Be an ally. You can make a difference in the life someone who identifies as LGBTQ by using their preferred pronouns, address others making harmful comments or jokes, and more. See this list from GLAAD for more ideas.
SUPPORTING MAINE’S FISHING COMMUNITIES
NAMI Maine has partnered with our friends at the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association to bring mental health support to our local fishing communities. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Maine wrote guest blogs on mental health topics and how they impact our fishermen.
Topics include depression, grief, seeking help, and more. To read our weekly blog posts, check out the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association website here
CELEBRATING MAINE’S CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM OFFICERS
“The Cumberland Police Department is committed to preparing our officers to intervene in situations where a person is experiencing a mental health crisis. We realize that our purpose is not the delivery of mental health services, but that due to the fact that we are frequently the first on scene to assist, we are uniquely positioned to prevent harm and begin making connections for the person in crisis with our partners.
It’s vital that our officers are able to immediately spot the observable symptoms of a person in crisis and to be equipped with strategies to calm the situation and communicate effectively. Officer Scott Hendee, pictured here, is one of our CIT-trained officers. We are proud that in our agency of 12 officers, 8 have completed the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team training and have indicated our commitment to the CIT program – with more to come!”
— Chief Chip Rumsey of the Cumberland Police Department