NAMI Maine has sent out the following information for managing mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the coronavirus has had a global reach and is impacting both the physical and mental health of Mainers.

It is affecting people, programs, events and institutions in ways large and small.

“NAMI Maine is here for our community during this difficult time. While the majority of our staff will be working remotely for the next two weeks, we want Mainers affected by mental illness to know how NAMI Maine can help you manage your mental health during this pandemic.”

While practicing social distancing through working remotely, the NAMI Maine staff is still available five days a week via our office phone lines, email, and digital meetings. To connect with a staff member, go to the staff directory at namimaine.org for contact information. If you’re unsure of who to contact, reach out to us at info@namimaine.org.

While the office will be closed to walk-ins, the NAMI Maine HelpLine is still active and ready to assist in providing support as we navigate this crisis together.

Call (800) 464-5767, press 1 or email helpline@namimaine.org.

Hard copies of educational resources and materials will still be distributed upon request and will be sent out on a weekly basis. You can find more information on our website and on the National Institute of Mental Health’s website.

The help line is not a crisis line. If you believe that you or someone you know could be in crisis, do not hesitate to call the statewide crisis line at (888) 568-1112.

With children home from school, providing support to families across the state is more important now than ever. Our dedicated respite team and providers are here for families throughout this process and have expanded our services, offering vital breaks for parents and caregivers in the responsibility of caring for children with significant developmental delays and behavioral or emotional disorders.

For more information on respite services, contact us at respite@namimaine.org, (800) 464-5767, ext. 2314 or go to namimaine.org.

While NAMI Maine’s Waterville Peer Recovery Center’s doors are currently closed, NAMI is offering programming and support digitally and via the phone. Peer Center groups will continue to operate digitally on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays for the foreseeable future, and print resources such as workbooks and guides are still available upon request.

Peer Center Coordinator Buffy Johnson and Peer Support Specialist Ian Roig can be contacted for support at peercenter@namimaine.org, the Peer Center phone line at (207) 859-2667, and via the Waterville Peer Recovery Center’s Facebook page.

The status of NAMI Maine trainings and large events has been shifting due to COVID-19 and its effects on our partnering organizations. If you have signed up for a training and are unsure of its status, you are asked to connect with the staff person at NAMI Maine who arranged the event to get more details.

Our large events for 50 or more attendees have been postponed.

You can follow NAMI Maine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for program updates, mental health tips, positivity and connection. NAMI hosts Facebook live videos week days at 2 p.m. with staff to help answer questions and provide support.

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