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Conference Materials Added for 2017 Annual Meeting

2017 CCSME Annual Meeting Building Community Response to the Maine Opioid Crisis Wednesday, March 1, 2017 • Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine Maine is in the midst of an opioid crisis, with a record 286 drug overdose fatalities through September 30, 2016, surpassing the 272 deaths that occurred in all...
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Photos from our 2015 Membership Meeting

Our 2015 Annual Meeting took place on November 17 at the USM Wishcamper Center in Portland. The day began with a show of appreciation to our member organizations through plaques presented by CCSME Board President Simonne Maline. Following the awards national speaker Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National...
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My Experience Is My Strength

by Mike Blanchard Peer services innovation is part of a SAMHSA networking grant. Our approach when we wrote the grant was specifically to network with folks who are currently working in peer support jobs but also to try to be that bridge between providers and consumers. There are some great...
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I Will Not Let My Suffering Be Wasted

by Craig Lewis I’ve been dealing with mental health issues for a very long time and I’ve also been in the punk rock scene in Boston and around the world. I’ve been very active over the years. My community was not very supportive of me when I was struggling. I...
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A Suicide Screening Tool for Everyone

Dr. Kelly Posner collaborated with a team of scientists to create the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), a screening tool which a diverse range of communities in the United States have now adopted. She spoke at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s conference on March 21, 2013, “Taking Science into...
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The Trevor Project Gives Hope to LGBT Youth

Teen suicide attempts are a serious problem in the LGBT community. Discrimination, threats, homelessness and violence can lead young people to take their lives. Athena Brewer, senior online programs manager at The Trevor Project, spoke at the Taking Science into Practice: Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference on March...
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The Invisible Wounds of Combat PTSD

What challenges do soldiers face when they develop PTSD and traumatic brain injuries? On March 21, 2013, Hahna David Patterson, director of psychological health at the Maine National Guard, described combat PTSD to an audience of mental health professionals at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual conference, “Taking Science into...
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Fixing My Mental and Physical Health

by Jeff Irving I was in the auto repair business for 18 years. In that career, I wound up in a severely depressed state of mind and ended up in the hospital and was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. When I was diagnosed, I was told by all kinds of...
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Motivating Recovery from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

How can people who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse difficulties build their motivation, curiosity, optimism, and visions for the future? Two researchers at University of Rochester, Richard Ryan (pictured) and Edward Deci, have said meeting people’s needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness increases their motivation to change their lives positively....
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Mentoring shown to reduce future criminality

More than 100 people attended a Nov. 30 conference hosted by Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine on how mentoring can reduce future criminality. Diverting former inmates from crime to becoming responsible and contributing citizens is a worthy goal. Estimates of recidivism comparing those who access mentoring versus those who do not...
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Changing Substance Abuse Relapse Policies

Dr. David Mee-Lee, a leading expert in co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, has recommended changing how substance abuse clinicians use the word “relapse.” He published the advice below in two issues of his newsletter, “Tips and Topics.” “The general public still largely views addiction as a self-inflicted problem,” Mee-Lee...
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Helping Clients Withdraw from Psychiatric Medication

Are you a clinician who wants to help clients withdraw from medication successfully? Maybe you need to go through a withdrawal of your own – a withdrawal from the prescription-oriented mindset. That’s what David Cohen, Ph.D., LCSW, said at CCSME’s Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication...
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The Pitfalls of Psychotropics

Has mental illness become an epidemic in the United States? Robert Whitaker, a science journalist and author specializing in mental health, says the answer is “yes.” He will speak at CCSME’s upcoming conference, “Innovative Solutions for Building Recovery with Alternatives to Psychotropic Medication.” Whitaker wrote a peer-reviewed article, “Anatomy of an...
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