On September 7, 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded Sweetser $112,853 in the first of a five-year grant to our nonprofit community mental health organization, with the purpose of promoting and providing mental health training to community members across the state of Maine.
ConnectME to Better Mental Health is Sweetser’s winning proposal that will provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to individuals with recognition of emerging mental health issues and equip them with the knowledge to respond most appropriately. Sweetser will provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) training to individuals who are in roles that respond to and manage traumatic events, such as first responders. As part of these efforts, Also, Sweetser will aim to reduce the stigma related to mental health conditions through awareness and provide a centralized location for resources.
Through its Brunswick, Maine office, Sweetser will provide MHFA and PFA within parts of Androscoggin, northern coastal Cumberland, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York Counties. Sweetser will collaborate with schools, college personnel, public safety personnel, parents, caregivers, public housing personnel, and Veterans/Military to provide free evidenced-based trainings.
In addition to increasing awareness of mental illness, our goals are to increase the number of individuals in our communities:
- with the capacity to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and de-escalation skills by the provision of MHFA training.
- with the capacity to respond to traumatic events, identify signs of trauma, and develop skills for wellness by the provision of PFA and follow-up trainings.
- who have access to the free and confidential online wellness tool myStrength.
Thank you for the important role as a community partner supporting ConnectME to Better Mental Health.