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Sweetser’s got PRIDE

Sweetser’s got PRIDE! Together we celebrated diversity in all its forms at Portland Pride. We had a wonderful group of staff come out to march in the parade and volunteer at our booth. We also had a presence at the Aroostook Pride Festival thanks to one of our team members, Parker Beckom, and Brunswick’s first

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Sweetser names new president and CEO

SACO – Sweetser has appointed Jayne Van Bramer as its new president and CEO. Van Bramer comes to Maine from Oklahoma, where she led the revitalization of a psychiatric hospital and outpatient service. The majority of her career was spent with the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she led the largest public

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Sweetser/Jack Chevrolet Golf Classic a Success

Our 33rd year of hosting the Sweetser/Jack Chevrolet Golf Classic proved our most successful yet. Held on June 20, 2022 at the Dunegrass Golf Club in Old Orchard Beach, this year’s event raised more than $64,000 toward providing mental and behavioral health services to Mainers in need. We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and

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Sweetser Scores Home Run in Red Sox Contest

Sweetser has been awarded an Impact Award from the Red Sox Foundation. It’s the third consecutive year the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation have teamed up to support mental health providers across New England. “We appreciate everyone voting for our mission to bring mental health services to more Mainers,” says Kelly Thayer,

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York Hospital and Sweetser Share Tips to Relieve Pandemic-Related Anxiety and Depression

York Housing often creates community-building events for residents to ensure neighborhoods remain connected.  After the pandemic, it has become more important than ever. York Housing staff members Laura Dehler and Libby Hutton worked together to bring in guest speakers, massage therapists, chair yoga and meditation instruction, a variety of social connection and gratitude exercises, and

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Yellow Tulip Project

The Yellow Tulip Project is about smashing the stigma around mental illness — one tulip at a time. Yellow tulips are a sign of hope. When groups and communities come together, plant a garden, get their hands dirty, and talk about mental illness, hope blooms. As part of our Zero Suicide Committee’s efforts to acknowledge

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Teen Mental Health on Q979 Radio

As part of our efforts to highlight Mental Health Awareness Month, our school-based clinician in MSAD #60, Emily Ostrow, discussed the impact the pandemic has had exacerbating teen mental health with Q 97.9’s Lori Voornas. Take a listen! Looking for resources or services, reach out to our PromiseLine at 1-800-434-3000.

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Sweetser up for Red Sox Foundation Award

SACO – Sweetser has been selected as one of five finalists in a Red Sox Foundation contest during Mental Health Awareness Month.   The 8th Annual IMPACT Awards provide New England Red Sox fans the chance to vote for their favorite local mental health non-profit organization for an opportunity to win a grant. The awards

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Sweetser awarded COVID-19 grant to address mental health need

SACO – The Maine Community Foundation has awarded Sweetser a $15,000 grant to support people living with mental illness or substance use disorder. This grant comes from the foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support nonprofit organizations involved in frontline efforts to serve the needs of those most affected by the virus and contain the

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Cabin Fever Online Art Auction a Success

The 16th annual Cabin Fever Art Show once again found success as an online auction. This is the second year the event, which ran March 17-27, has been virtual. The event shines a spotlight on the artwork of artists who self-identify as having lived experience with mental health, substance use or trauma. Each artist receives

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