Resources to Help

On behalf of the Dempsey Center, our hearts are heavy with the horrific violence in our hometown community of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine.

We hope you and your families are safe and we hold in our hearts those families impacted in this tragic and senseless violence. We are grateful to the first responders and medical personnel for their heroic service and care for our community in what we know are shocking and sorrowing moments.

The Dempsey Center will work in any way possible to support our community in healing. We are here to stand next to you in this moment. Below are some resources that may help you during this time.
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Healing Together Supporting Victims and Families of the Tragedy in LewistonThe Mills Administration has launched this webpage to serve as a clearinghouse of information of ways to support victims and families in Lewiston, organizations involved in the community and health care response, and anyone who might be struggling with mental health during this stressful time.
Free Mental Health Services for Maine ResidentsIncluded Health, a national virtual care and navigation company, announced today that the company is offering free virtual mental health support service to all Maine residents in response to the ongoing tragedy resulting from yesterday’s active shooter incident in Lewiston, Maine.
Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic EventBy understanding how children experience traumatic events and how these children express their lingering distress over
the experience, parents, physicians, communities, and schools can respond to their children and help them through this challenging time.
An Age-By-Age Guide to Talking to ChildrenWhether you’ve got a kindergartner or a teenager, here is how to help them in the immediate aftermath of tragedy.
MaineHealth: Talking with Children About Traumatic EventsSuggestions for talking to kids about traumatic events
47 Practices to Heal a Dysregulated Nervous SystemThere are many ways to help settle the nervous system---for some, deep breathing, yoga, and walking in the woods are what work best, but here is an article with additional ideas.
NAMI MaineThrough support, education, and advocacy, NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness. You can also call NAMI at 1-800-950-NAMI or my texting "HelpLine" to 62640.
988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineCall or text 988 or visit their website for help during a crisis.
Maine Crisis Line888-568-1112
Teen Text Line207-515-8398
Intentional Peer Support Warmline866-771-9276
Crisis Residential ServicesIndividualized therapeutic interventions provided during a psychiatric emergency. Services are provided for a time-limited, post-crisis period in order to stabilize the member’s condition.
Crisis Prevention and Intervention Services (CPIS) for Disabled AdultsStaff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist individuals and providers with stabilization and support through a crisis. These services are available to adults ages 18 and older who have been found eligible for Developmental Disability Services or are living in a Brain Injury waiver home. Call the Toll-Free Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112 and ask for a developmental disability services crisis worker.
StrengthenMEA coalition of ten community-based organizations that employ Community Health Workers or other peer support specialists who provide direct outreach to and support for Youth, Older Adults, Unhoused, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color communities, Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees, and other non-native English speakers.