Posts Categorized: News

New Website Accessibility Features

Sweetser now has one of the most accessible websites in behavioral health in Maine. We’ve added new functionality to our website to ensure we reduce barriers to access services. The first is a translation feature that allows individuals to toggle between top languages and it will auto translate all the text on our website. Top


Sweetser produces new teen mental health podcast

Thinking cloud and radio microphone logo for Not Now, Maybe Later teen mental health podcast

Sweetser, a statewide mental health organization, has launched a new podcast about mental health, specifically for Maine youth. The podcast, Not Now Maybe Later, is hosted by Emily Ostrow, a licensed Sweetser clinical social worker based in MSAD #60. According to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, children are struggling with anxiety and depression at


Sweetser Expands Participation in OPTIONS

Services expanded to Somerset and Kennebec counties with Sweetser and OPTIONS saves live logos on the graphic

Sweetser has expanded its participation in the OPTIONS (Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach, Naloxone, and Safety) initiative, adding two counties—Somerset and Kennebec—to the list of those we serve. OPTIONS, which is a partnership with the Maine Office of Behavioral Health, aims to improve the health of Mainers who use substances by using harm reduction strategies,


Kennebunk Savings Supports Children’s Mental Health Access with $10,000 Grant

Kennebunk Savings President & CEO Bradford C. Paige presents a $10,000 check to Sweetser President & CEO Jayne Van Bramer

Kennebunk Savings is supporting access to mental health services for families in need, in partnership with Sweetser, a statewide community mental health nonprofit. The bank’s $10,000 grant will help pay for a variety of services for uninsured or underinsured families in the area, including school and primary care-based therapy support, mobile suicide prevention services, and


News: Senior Mental Health Support

Sweetser's Dr. Marc Kaplan being filmed for interview with Newscenter Maine's Jackie Mundry

Our very own Dr. Marc Kaplan was interviewed by Newscenter Maine as part of their newscast devoted entirely to suicide prevention stories. Here we discuss the impact that isolation has on the mental health of our seniors and what resources are available so seniors feel more connected including the important work of organizations like our


Sweetser Hosts Saco Area Lawmakers to Discuss Behavioral Health

Saco, Maine area lawmakers and Sweetser leadership meet to discuss mental health

Sweetser recently hosted a number of Saco area legislators and soon-to-be legislators at our Saco Special Purpose School. We appreciate Senator Donna Bailey, Representative Lynn Copeland, Representative Maggie O’Neil, Hon. Drew Gattine, and Marc Malon for a great discussion around the state of behavioral health and a tour of our campus. We appreciate their passion


Ruel Ricker Day Fair Celebrated on Saco Campus

Sweetser staff work at carnival booth called harpoon the balloon

  On September 21st, Sweetser’s Saco Campus held its annual Ruel Ricker Day Fair. The event honors Sweetser’s first farm manager, Ruel Ricker, who held the position from 1941 through the 1970s, and is the namesake for Ricker Farm. The fair gives kids at the Saco School a chance to play games, win prizes and


2022 Sweetser Sold on Kids Auction

Sweetser Sold on Kids Auction attendees enjoying the silent and live auctions

What a night at our 30th Annual Sold on Kids Auction held at River Winds Farm in Saco! Here are some highlights of our largest fundraiser of the year. We appreciate the generosity and support of all the attendees, ticketholders, online bidders, sponsors, staff, board members, and volunteers who made this event possible. With your