Help Lines

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there are many helplines available to call or text

If you are feeling like it is hard to cope, remember that there are people who want to help. When stress builds high enough that you are suffering, asking for help can ease the load. No one should have to suffer alone.


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When in Crisis, Call or Text:

  • If you need urgent medical attention: call 9-1-1
  • Maine Statewide Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline: Available 24/7. 1.888.568.1112. For TTY Users: dial 7-1-1 then 1.888.568.1112
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Available 24/7. Call 988 for service in English and Español. For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 7-1-1 then 9-8-8. Please note that the previous NSPL number will remain available for anyone in emotional distress, even with the transition to 988.
  • FarmAid Crisis Support – Crisis support hot line for farmers available Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. 1.800.FARM.AID or 1.800.327.6243. 
  • Wabanaki Care Line: Available 24/7. 1.844.844.2622. For Wabanaki community members, living on and off the reservation statewide.
  • If you are seeking support for substance use, please call the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1.800.662.HELP (4357) for 24/7 treatment referral and information service in Spanish and English.
  • Crisis Text Line: Available 24/7. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. Envía un mensaje de texto con la palabra AYUDA al 741741 para comunicarte de manera gratuita con un Consejero de Crisis.
  • StrengthenME – Available everyday 8 am – 8 pm. Mental Health Hotline and Stress Assistance. Call 207.221.8198.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 (website also has a chat option). Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT:  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now 988.

*Please know that the previous Lifeline phone number (1.800.273.8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even with the transition to 988.

Support will be available in English and Spanish. Tele-interpreters are available to help in up to 150 languages. TTY: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 before dialing 988.


For non-crisis support:

Individuals often have different ways of coping with daily and long-term stress. As professionals in our field, farmers – of land, forest, or sea – rely heavily on our bodies and minds to get through the many daily, seasonal, and yearly demands of the work. As a result, it is even more important to take care of ourselves mentally and physically. 

Local to Maine, open to anyone:

  • The Intentional Warm Line offers telephone support during challenging times and non-crisis situations. 24/7 from anywhere in Maine. 1.866.771.WARM (9276)
  • Call 2-1-1 or visit 211.maine.org to locate a Maine counselor or resource near you.
  • The NAMI Helpline is a safe and confidential mental health service for peers, law enforcement, professionals, friends, and family members. It provides support, education and advocacy for anyone with questions about mental health concerns. NAMI Maine Helpline is available M-F, 8-4 pm at 1.800.464.5767 (Press 1) For more information visit: namimaine.org or email helpline@namimaine.org

Agricultural helplines:

For Indigenous communities:

  • Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness serves four federally recognized tribes located in five communities: the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, and the Penobscot Nation. Services are available to community members living on and off-reservation across the state of Maine. Contact 207.992.0411.
  • Eastern Woodlands Rematriation is a collective of Indigenous people restoring the spiritual foundation of our livelihoods through regenerative food systems. Email rematriationcollective@gmail.com

Rows of spinach planted, a farmer is seen in background wateringDid you know connection is considered an antidote to stress?

Reaching out to a family member, a friend or even a community partner or organization can help curb stress accumulation. Visit the resilience resources page to learn more about what Wellness Support is available for you.

 


Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Crisis:

Adapted from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Site.

Communicating the following:

  • Thoughts of suicide and having no reason to live
  • Feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
  • Being a burden on others
  • Unbearable pain

Displaying these moods:

  • Depression, loss of interest
  • Anger, rage, irritation
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme mood changes including uncontrollable highs and lows

Exhibiting these behaviors:

  • A decline in care of crops, animals, or farm
  • A decline in care of tending the woodlot, or forestry business
  • Increase in farm and forestry-related accidents
  • Loss of farm and forest production
  • Searching for resources and means online for ending one’s life
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawing from activities once enjoyed and isolating from family and friends
  • Exhibiting signs of aggression, fatigue, and excessive worrying or fear
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Making final arrangements and saying goodbyes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, or make decisions

What to Do When Someone is at Risk:

Adapted from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, visit their website.

Have an honest conversation

  • Talk to them in private
  • Listen to their story
  • Tell them you care about them
  • Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • Encourage them to seek treatment or contact their doctor or therapist
  • Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice

Assume you’re the only one who will reach out

If you’re concerned about someone:

  • Talk in private
    • Listen to their story, and let them know you care. Ask directly about suicide, calmly and without judgement. Show understanding and take their concerns seriously. Let them know their life matters to you. That one conversation could save a life.

If a person says they are thinking about suicide:

  • Take the person seriously
    • Someone considering suicide is experiencing a life-threatening health crisis and may not believe they can be helped. Work with them to keep them safely away from lethal means like firearms and drugs and remind them that their suffering is temporary.
    • Stay with them and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Be sure to follow up with them after the crisis to see how they’re doing.

If you’re struggling:

  • Don’t wait for someone to reach out
    • Seek mental health treatment, or tell your clinician about your suicidal thinking.
    • Treat yourself like you would treat someone else who needs your help.

If a person says they are considering suicide:


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