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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Mental Health First Aid is a national best-practice, evidenced-based certification course that is 8 hours in length and leads to a 3 year certification issued by the National Council on Behavioral Health.
Sharing 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.
This presentation program for middle and high school students is delivered by a trained two-person team, including an individual who relates to the student population by sharing their own journey with a diagnosable mental health condition.
Established in 1998, The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) is coordinated by the Injury Prevention Program at Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) within Maine's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Program activities, such as program requirements of LD 609, are implemented by NAMI Maine in partnership with the Maine Medical Association.
NAMI Maine Family Respite exists to assist families by enabling a much needed break in the responsibility of caring for a child with significant developmental delays and behavioral or emotional disorders.
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