Summer is here, giving many of us the opportunity to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors! We hope you’ll add walking to your self-care plan for the summer, and that you’ll lace up your sneakers to participate in NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol as we transition to a virtual event. For more details on the Walk and other NAMI Maine news, read on below!
WE’RE WALKING – VIRTUALLY!
NAMI Maine Walks on the Capitol is going virtual, and our walk teams are taking it in stride! Support a walk team, find new fun ways to get involved, fundraise, and more on our website. Check out our guide walking and fundraising virtually here!
HONOR MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
We are working to bring the One Circle Foundation’s Council for Boys and Young Men to Maine to serve black male youth in our communities. To implement this program, we need to raise $13,000. Will you help us reach our goal? Donate here to help make a positive impact!
PEOPLE IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISES NEED HELP, NOT HANDCUFFS
“A mental health crisis can be a frightening thing to the individual experiencing it as well as to people witnessing it. Those in its throes need help, but all too often get handcuffs.”
Read this piece from NAMI National CEO Dan Gillison and Bill Carruthers here.
EMERGE FROM STIGMA: SPEAKERS BUREAU TRAINING
Are you someone living with a mental health challenge, including substance use disorder, interested in sharing your story? Are you a family member of someone with a mental health challenge? Our lived experience – our stories – is where the power and impact lies to change lives, create system change and help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide.
Please join NAMI Maine for our upcoming Speakers Bureau training on Tuesday, July 21st and Tuesday, July 28th from 4-8pm. Sharing your story is a minimal time commitment when compared to the education and support it brings to those impacted by mental health challenges. Come help us spread the message of hope and resiliency.
CELEBRATING MAINE’S CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM OFFICERS
“Sgt. McDonald is a trained member of the CIT community. We, at the Waterville Police Department, believe that it is incredibly important to have a wide cross section of officers – including supervisors – trained in CIT so that we may effectively respond to the needs of those suffering from mental illness and co-occurring disorders.”
— Deputy Police Chief William L. Bonney, Waterville Police Department