Free Mental Health Training


Sweetser offers free Mental Health Awareness Trainings to educate our community on how to recognize and respond to the mental health needs of all people.

Through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Sweetser’s ConnectME to Better Mental Health program offers mental health awareness trainings at no cost to groups/participants who live or work in Maine.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders so you can provide initial support to someone experiencing an issue and help connect them to appropriate care.

Who should be trained in Mental Health Awareness?

  • Police
  • Veterans
  • Fire Fighters
  • Other First Responders
  • Educators
  • Volunteers
  • Business Leaders
  • The General Public
  • Nursing Home Staff
  • You!
  • Corrections Officers

What will the courses teach you?

  • The signs & symptoms of mental health challenges & common disorders
  • Trauma & its impact on development
  • How to identify & respond to individuals who have experienced trauma
  • Skills to support someone in crisis
  • Strategies for connecting individuals to resources
  • How to build self-care skills

Training will be provided for free within parts of Androscoggin, northern coastal Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties.



    Trainings available for individual registrations are currently TBA. Is your group interested in hosting a FREE mental health awareness training? Please email our Training Coordinator at