Our hearts go out to all affected by the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine. To neighbors and friends and citizens of Maine, please reach out for support and connection.

Here are resources that may be helpful to you and members of your community.

What to expect in the wake of mass violence

Talking to children about the shooting

How to talk to children about violence that may or may not be racialized

Before, during, and after – staying safe in public spaces

Supporting your team’s mental health after a violent news event


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, you are not alone. There are people to reach out to. When stress builds high enough that you are suffering, asking for help can ease the load. No one should have to suffer alone.

When in Crisis, Call or Text | Non-Crisis Support | Antidote to Stress | Warning Signs/Symptoms of a Crisis
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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 – 10 pm, ET. Available in English and Español 1.800.FARM.AID or 1.800.327.6243. 
  • Wabanaki Care Line: Available 24/7. 1.844.844.2622. Culturally competent support for Wabanaki community members living on and off reservations. Statewide.
  • MaineTrans.Net: 1-877-565-8860. Trans-competent support for crisis, 24/7. All calls answered by transgender identified volunteers. Available in English and Español.
  • 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 English and Español.
  • LGBTQ+ and/or under 24 years of age. 1-866-488-7386. The Trevor Lifeline, phone or text and online chat function.
  • 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 every day 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.

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 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: or email

Supports for food producers:

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

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.

Are you struggling?

  • Please 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.

Can you help someone?

Have an honest conversation

  • Talk 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 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).Take the person seriously

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