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Sweetser Is An Accessible Facility For Crisis Help

In August, Rachel's state of mind developed into a crisis. Rachel did not want to exist. Her husband was away on a business trip and she was alone in the house.

"I guess people who are thinking of committing suicide," she said, "just do it. They don't talk about it."

But talk Rachel did. She emailed her husband and told him how she felt. He immediately contacted Rachel's father, and soon police were at her door escorting her to an emergency room.

"My dad has lost another family member to suicide," Rachel explained, "and he wasn't taking any chances. He's the one who called 911." She was involuntarily committed for her own safety and Sweetser Crisis Services intervened on her behalf.

"When I got to the hospital, the Peer Services representative was there," Rachel said.

Sweetser Crisis Services personnel assured Rachel that she was safe even though, at the time, she was unwilling to cooperate in her care.

"The care and concern that I received from Sweetser made me believe that I deserved to stay on this earth," she added.

"Sweetser Outpatient staff saw me right away," Rachel added. "I got out of the hospital on a Thursday, and my first appointment in Outpatient was on Monday with Mary Toof."

Mary Toof helped Rachel work out coping strategies and get assigned to a medications manager. "What's been really wonderful is that Dr. (Michael) Price has been extremely sensitive to me as far as medications," Rachel said. "I'm thinking so much more clearly. I'm more cognitive. I feel like I've been asleep for the last five years."

"I know that I've had issues since I was a teenager, but I've never had this kind of amazing professional support. I still feel that way. I want to advocate for others and let them know that they can come out of their houses, that there is a place to go. They don't have to stare out the window. Sweetser is a very accessible facility."

The Crisis Services team at Sweetser can be reached through Maine's state crisis response telephone number, 1.888.568.1112.

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