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Emotional Well-Being

Everyone faces life challenges that can impact their mental health. Like all parts of our physical health, our emotional and intellectual well-being also require regular check-ups. This has been a difficult and uncertain year. Balancing work demands and self-care has been challenging for many. This pandemic has increased rates of excessive stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and substance use. Now more than ever is the time to reduce mental health stigma, which is often what gets in the way of individuals seeking help. It is critical for us to normalize mental health care to begin the healing process from long-lasting impacts of the pandemic.

Reach Out for Help

If you or a loved one feels overwhelmed with sadness, depression or anxiety, or if you have thoughts about harming yourself or others call 911. Other resources at your fingertips include:

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: free, 24/7 support by calling 800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
  • Text Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) at 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor
  • HealthAdvocate Employee Assistance Program - 866-799-2485 or visit members.healthadvocate.com (Enter: “MaineHealth”)
  • 24/7 Statewide Crisis Line 888-568-1112
  • 24/7 Peer Support Warm line 866-771-9276
  • 24/7 Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
  • Maine Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline 866-83-4HELP (866-843-4357)
  • Teen Text Support Line 207-515-8398 (TEXT)
  • 211 and 211maine.org
  • Free, confidential Frontline Warmline for health care workers and first responders: support 8am-8pm 7 days a week call 207-221-8196.

Register for the free NAMI Maine Virtual Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

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. Virtual Mental Health First Aid leads to the same certification. However, the training consists of 2 hours of self-guided pre-coursework, completed online, followed by a 5-6 hour Zoom group training. Pre-coursework and Zoom link will be emailed to participants prior to training. Visit the NAMI Maine webpage to view upcoming training dates.

Consider using the COVID Coach!

This dynamic, free, easy to use mobile application was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2020 and is available to everyone to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID Coach can support you with information to help you stay balanced, connected, safe, and healthy.

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