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Summer 2019
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Mid Coast Hospital Partners with National Alliance on Mental Illness for Youth

Mid Coast Hospital has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine to bring several training programs regarding youth mental health to Brunswick.

One of the programs, Sources of Strength, had its first session at Brunswick High School this spring. Sources of Strength is a peer training program for high school students designed to increase connections and reduce youth suicide. The local program is funded by a three-year Mental Health Awareness Training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of the program, students referred to as “peer leaders,” design school-based campaigns to increase student resiliency, train students to recognize signs of mental illness, and connect peers with resources if issues arise.

Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, in partnership with NAMI Maine, will also be hosting a variety of other youth mental health programs over the course of the next three years for local schools, community members, law enforcement, and clinicians. In addition, the hospital will be working to raise more awareness of NAMI Maine’s resources within the community, and will continue to support the Midcoast Community Alliance, a community coalition working to end suicide in the Midcoast.

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