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Moving: THRIVE, Youth MOVE & Diversion to Assets

THRIVE has new role in Juvenile Services grant, Youth MOVE has new grant for Youth Courts LEWISTON – As of October 1, THRIVE and Youth MOVE Maine (“Youth MOVE”) have new homes and new federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to support. Diversion to Assets, Androscoggin County’s alternative juvenile corrections program, has also moved from previously shared office space at 124 Canal Street. THRIVE is the newly announced training and technical assistance partner for the Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Services’ new four-year, $4 million SAMHSA grant, Expanding Trauma-Informed System of Care Practices in Maine. THRIVE’s new operations center for trauma-informed training and technical assistance is located at 26 Bridgton Road, Westbrook. “Lewiston was well-suited for our first six years serving mental health agencies and community-based programs in the Tri-County area,” said Arabella Perez, THRIVE Executive Director. “We became an independent organization last October and expanded our services state and nationwide adding juvenile corrections as a child-serving systems partner. We are thoroughly […]

Maine Awareness Campaign Receives Bronze Award

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign Wins Bronze for Excellence in Community Communications & Outreach ORLANDO, FL – G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Youth MOVE Maine accepted the bronze award in the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign category on behalf of collaborative partners Children’s Behavioral Health Services and THRIVE at the Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach recognition ceremony July 26. The awards are sponsored by the federal Substance and Mental Health Services Administration’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign. G.E.A.R. launched Maine’s monthlong award-winning 2011 campaign with its traditional Tailgate Kick-off for families, youth and child-serving health and human services providers in the parking lot of the Office of Child and Family Services. During the first two weeks of May, G.E.A.R.’s Family Advisory Councils for Empowerment Statewide distributed 140 toolkits to mental health agencies and other community-based, child-serving organizations from Caribou to South Portland. The kits contained a total of 35,000 children’s mental health awareness items. “We asked providers to share the contents with the families they serve,” said Carol Tiernan, G.E.A.R. Director. “The kits contained information on where to go for support groups […]

Juvenile Corrections Training Features ACES Researcher

Vincent Felitti, M.D. co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, addresses Maine Juvenile Corrections workers at a trauma-informed training conference. (Tsukroff photo) AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Services, in collaboration with its Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and Lewiston-based THRIVE, hosted  Dr. Vincent Felitti, M.D., co-principal investigator of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES)  and Karen Williams, MSSW, delinquency prevention consultant, at a trauma-informed staff training conference June 19-20. Ms. Williams used neuroscientific research and illustrations to present to over 100 juvenile community corrections officers and facilities workers, regional managers, family members, youth and community-based service representatives how traumatic stress impacts adolescent brain development and influences behavior, and how positive experiences can counter the negative stress effects into young adulthood. Dr. Felitti used data from the landmark ACES to detail the prevalance in the general population of persons with multiple trauma experiences and the stunning implications for physical and mental health across affected lifetimes. He also explained how identifying and addressing traumatic events has the potential to mitigate the astronomical costs to society associated with unidentified and unadressed multiple traumas. Arabella Perez, Executive Director, explained how the ACES had […]

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has declared May 6–12, 2012 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week with Youth Overcoming Trauma as the theme for this year’s Poster Contest. Awareness Week is dedicated to sharing stories of resiliency with the public and increasing support for the triumphs and challenges of these young people. The more family and youth involvement in the movement, the better! As a community partner in Maine’s System of Care, THRIVE joins the Federation’s statewide chapter, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, and all families who can relate, in promoting positive mental health, well-being and social development for all young people. Mental health is essential to overall health and well being. Serious emotional and mental health challenges in children and youth are real and treatable. Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to services and supports that are family driven, youth guided and culturally appropriate. Values of acceptance, dignity and social inclusion should be promoted throughout all communities for children, youth and families. Family and youth […]

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2012

Help spread the word… about resiliency and recovery on social media pages, in emails or your signature block. Adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence can significantly increase stress hormones and negatively impact emotional, social and physical health across time. Supportive caregivers and communities can buffer the impact and nurture well-being. May is the month we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness and the positive effects of resiliency, strong social connections and skills for life! Awareness Day Collaborating Organizations View organizations supporting Awareness Day 2012. Learn how yours can too! Email AwarenessDay2012@vancomm.com to request a copy of the Awareness Day 2011 Final Report.

Youth MOVE ME Wins Youth Empowerment Award

Youth MOVE Maine award-winning staff (back from left): Jozalynn “Joz” Jones, Old Town; Ashalie Wark, Manchester; Chesari Tempesta, Turner; Jennifer Herrick, Lewiston; Jacinta Storer, Auburn, Diversion to Assets Coordinator; Ryun Anderson, Freeport; (front from left): Dustin Stout, Lewiston, intern; Chelsey Everest, Portland; not shown: Faith Stevens, Rockland. LEWISTON – Youth MOVE Maine (YMM) received the Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) ImpACT Award June 6 for being an Empowering Organization and “exemplifying the systematic engagement of youth ages 12-18 in decision-making and planning.”  The annual awards recognize youth and adults who are making an impact in their communities. “We’ve expanded from one to five regions in the last two years,” says Youth MOVE Maine Director Ryun Anderson, “and tripled the number of participants. Our new website, www.youthmovemaine.org, and our Facebook page showcase the areas of leadership development, skill building, mutual support, community awareness and provider support, in which youth are creating positive change across Maine.” #          #          # YMM, a state chapter of Youth Move National, supports youth and adults with experience in service systems […]

CDC: Half of Americans will suffer from mental health woes

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/mentalhealth/story/2011-09-05/CDC-Half-of-Americans-will-suffer-from-mental-health-woes/50250702/1 USA Today Your LIFE|Health                            By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay posted Sept 5, 2001 About half of Americans will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life, a new government report warns, and more must be done to help them.  Getty Images/BananaStock One survey done in 2009 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 11 million people — nearly five percent of the population — experienced serious mental illness during the past year. Mental health issues run the gamut from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder to suicide, and many of those suffering presently do not get help, experts say. The new report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tallied the national burden of mental illness based on country-wide surveys. There are “unacceptably high levels of mental illness in the United States,” said Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC. “Essentially, about 25 percent of adult Americans reported having a mental illness in the previous […]

System of Care Community Training

Expanding and Sustaining Systems of Care: New Challenges and New Opportunities July 19-21, 2011 – Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers This required training for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families is sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is coordinated by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, a collaboration between the American Institutes for Research and the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. You can register for the training by accessing online registration.

Maine Trauma-Informed Video 2011 ECCO Award Finalist

“Together we can build a bridge” Encourages Strength-based Family Voice LEWISTON and AUGUSTA– THRIVE, Maine’s trauma-informed System of Care Initiative, and G.E.A.R. Parent Network are pleased to announce that Together we can build a bridge  (“Bridge”) is a finalist in the 2011 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach recognition program sponsored by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign. Bridge is one of three finalists in the Professional Outreach category. Final results will be announced July 21 in Chicago. The public service announcement by mothers and their children from Dixfield, Lewiston and East Livermore urges child-serving providers to be “trauma informed” and “strength based.” From personal experience, the women also let families of children with significant behavioral health issues know they are not alone, that help is available, and “When you use your voice, you have a choice.” “Our hometown bridges depict how isolated we felt when we first started out with a provider,” says Rebecca Williamson.“Families want help, but may not […]

What Families & Youth Want Conference 2011

Growing Resilient Families & Youth in Maine Hosted by G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Youth MOVE Maine A day of workshops on topics, including: Transitioning, Teen Zen, Crisis De-escalation, Safer Sex, Making Sense of the Numbers and Aikido. Keynote Speaker Stan Davis of “Stop Bullying Now” has worked for human rights in many different ways, especially for women and children who have experienced trauma. He has been a high school counselor for 25 years with a focus on bully prevention. He is the author of “Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying” and “Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention.” Registration priority is given to families and youth.