Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Maine, has been awarded a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration training grant to implement “Mid Coast Youth Mental Health Awareness Project”. Mid Coast Hospital will be partnering with NAMI Maine and other community partners to offer free training to youth serving agencies, families, caregivers and peer leaders in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick and Harpswell.
Mid Coast Hospital’s goal is to increase community ability to recognize early signs of mental illness in youth, appropriately respond to prevent and de-escalate crisis situations, connect youth to local resources, and increase overall community mental health awareness. A community advisory and oversight team will be coordinated by Midcoast Community Alliance.
Project Goals and Objectives
Train 1,340 unique individuals; 430 in year one, 455 each in years two and three.
Increase community capacity to appropriately respond to youth and young adults, ages 12-24, with signs of mental illness.
By September 30, 2021:
• 50 young adults will complete Moral Reconation Therapy.
• 18 Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings will be held to increase the number of adults who recognize the signs of, and local resources for, mental illness in youth and young adults.
• 30 interagency advisory team meetings will be held to increase community linkages
• 6 Crisis Intervention trainings will be completed to increase the number of enforcement and emergency service personnel who are trained in crisis de-escalation techniques.
• 3 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings will be held to increase the number of adults who can identify and respond to youth and young adults expressing signs of suicide risk.
• 3 school districts will be trained in the Sources of Strength curriculum to increase the help seeking behaviors of youth and promote connections between peers and caring adults.
• 3 mental health resource campaigns will be completed to increase awareness of support.
Increase resiliency skills in youth to reduce the effects of significant adversity on mental health.
By September 30, 2021:
• 9 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trainings will be held to increase use of evidence based skills by youth to manage daily stress and anxiety.
• 18 six-week Progression courses will be held to increase coping skills of youth who have experienced a first episode of psychosis or received a mental health diagnosis.
• 10 youth serving agencies and schools will implement at least 1 Midcoast Community Alliance led resiliency awareness event.