Northern Light Acadia Hospital awarded youth suicide prevention and mental health grant

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 6:33 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Northern Light Acadia Hospital has been awarded $125,000 for youth suicide prevention and mental health.

The five-year grant comes from the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

Officials say the money will help increase the capacity, confidence, and ability of adult caregivers of school-aged youth to identify mental health needs.

It will also help facilitate referrals to care and respond to or de-escalate crisis situations, including suicidal thoughts.

We’re told Maine children have the highest rate of diagnosed anxiety in the country and the third highest rate of depression.

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