Mental Health: Reducing Stigma and Pursuing Wellness

Nov 27, 2017


Nearly one in five American adults—43.8 million people—experienced some type of diagnosable mental illness in 2013. State and national news stories quite regularly feature people who are surprised by the acts of others they thought they knew. Sadly, there is a stigma that prevents many from getting the help they need. We’ll discuss attempts to overcome this stigma and the role of community mental health services.

Guests: Marc Kaplan, DO, Medical Director, SweetserMike Tarpinian, Pres. & CEO, Opportunity AllianceJenna Mehnert, MSW, Executive Director, NAMI Maine Resources mentioned on today's program:Statewide Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112 (staffed 24/7 for psychiatric intervention and assistance with a mental health crisis)Peer Support Intentional Warm Line: 1-866-771-9276 (statewide support to talk with a trained peer support specialist who has personal experience with mental health recovery, staffed by Sweetser 24/7)NAMI Maine Help Line (also a place to find information about peer support groups, Peer Centers, clubhouses, and more) 622-5767Sweetser PromiseLine: 1-800-434-3000 (connects children, adults and family members to support for mental health, recovery and education)Opportunity Alliance (for mental health support and services in Cumberland County) 874-1175