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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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Sweetser students produce fresh maple syrup

Did you know our students tap trees, boil the sap, and produce tasty maple syrup?   Sweetser School student, Elijah, shows us the process of making maple syrup from start to finish. This is part of the experiential program right on our Saco campus.    

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Social Work Month – Staff Stories

In honor of March being National Social Work Month, we’re featuring a few of our staff members making a difference as they share their reasons for joining the field. Meet Jamie Cooper. Jamie is a school-based clinician at C.K. Burns School and Saco Middle School. She has been with Sweeter off and on for over

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New Teen Room Created

At our school on the Saco campus, educators worked with students to remodel the music room into the new ‘Teen Room’. We met up with Arts Educator Nick Blunier who describes both the inspiration behind the room and its purpose with the students. Watch our new video below: Nick is helping to collect a few

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Support Artists in Recovery at the Cabin Fever Online Auction

The Cabin Fever Art Auction is now live! Hosted by Sweetser, the annual event is in its 16th year, and its second online. The online auction is a wonderful opportunity for the community to support artists who self-identify as having lived experience with mental health, substance use or trauma. This year’s event runs March 17-27.

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New Horse on Campus

We have a new addition to our family at the Ricker Farm on our Saco campus. Please welcome Chrome, a 15-year-old Morgan horse who will be a great companion to our horse Tricky and an important teaching tool for our students. Students learn important skills as they help to take care of the animals on

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