Sweetser introduces ConnectME to Better Mental Health as a way to prepare community members to recognize and be responsive to emerging mental health needs of people of all ages.
Made possible by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it supports Sweetser’s Training Institute in providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Psychological First Aid (PFA) training to individuals who are in roles that respond to and manage traumatic events, including first responders and teachers. In addition to MHFA and PFA, it includes training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) for those who work with youth. Through this work, Sweetser will also aim to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health through awareness, and build a centralized location for community resources.
MHFA and PFA will be provided for free within parts of Androscoggin, northern coastal Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York Counties through collaborations with schools, college personnel, public safety personnel, parents, caregivers, public housing personnel, and Veterans and Military personnel. If your community group is interested in these free evidence-based trainings, contact email@example.com for more information.