In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Maine is hosting three Community Education Nights across the state! These events will feature members of our Speakers Bureau, who will share their stories of resilience and hope, information about our programs and events, and will feature a kick-off for our Annual Walk. Please join us on one of the following evenings:
– May 22 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick
– May 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Acadia Hospital in Bangor
– May 31 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Waterville Peer Recovery Center
No registration is require
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Join Us for the 16th Annual Walk!
Create your Walk Team and fundraising page and raise $100 in the month of May to be entered to win a NAMI Swag Bag! Raise $500 in the month of May and receive FREE registration to the 5th Annual NAMI Maine Conference. Join Maine’s biggest mental health awareness event as we all work together to build a #StigmaFreeME! Click here for more information and to register today.
Don’t Miss This New Training Opportunity
NAMI Maine is happy t
o introduce a new Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training, Use of Collaborative Safety Planning in Healthcare Settings, taking place on Friday, May 18 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Best practice recommendations for addressing and managing suicide risk in healthcare settings include the use of an assessment tool for determining risk and guiding intervention. A vital next step is the collaborative development and use of a Safety Plan to help an individual to recognize signs of a crisis and to manage themselves during periods of increased risk. A Safety Plan is a tool and a process for working with a patient, and potentially their family, to identify and increase the use of coping skills, social and family supports and professional resources. It is often used with people at increased risk for suicide, but is an excellent tool for use with anyone at risk for escalating crisis. This session will provide the tools and process for implementing safety planning as one tool in a comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. Appropriate for providers, clinicians, nurses and others working directly with patients at elevated risk for suicide. Prior training in suicide prevention is recommended. Click here to register today!
Eat a Delicious Meal and Support NAMI Maine!
Next Monday, May 14, Bird Dog Roadhouse in Cape Elizabeth will be hosting a Community Night to benefit NAMI Maine! From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, proceeds from all pizza sales (including take-out and delivery) will go to further our mission of support, education, and advocacy for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness. Click here for more information!
Blog: My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression, and I Am Not Ashamed
In this powerful blog post, famous actor Wil Wheaton opens up about his struggle with chronic depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. He also shares an important message of hope and recovery, and how he is doing his part to bust the stigma surrounding mental illness. Click here to read more!