The Together Place

Published: Jan. 3, 2019 at 8:05 AM EST
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Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of Maine Mental Health Connections, was in the TV5 studio this morning to talk about The Together Place.

Maine Mental Health Connections offers a variety of much-needed programs for individuals with mental health challenges and substance use disorders.

The Together Place, which is a division of MMHC, has become a unique space in Bangor, providing a range of supportive services overseen by Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS), who bring education, training and life experiences to their work. Their efforts are important throughout the year, but the holidays and winter season can be especially difficult.

The Together Place, located at 2 Second Street (corner of Union and Second Streets, next to the YMCA), is a "peer run" recovery center, which provides a welcoming atmosphere, a variety of activities, a soup kitchen (12-1 p.m., Mondays and Fridays), a food pantry, and, importantly, classes and individual sessions with Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS)--who have training and lived experiences, making them uniquely able to relate with and assist "members" of The Together Place.

As you know, a physical transformation has taken place on the outside and inside of The Together Place. Distinctive murals of Mainers are featured on the building's exterior, and a new exhibit recently opened on the interior. It includes nearly 70 framed photos of book covers with a description of how the author is associated with Maine, and how, in some cases, the author has been impacted by mental health challenges, including substance use disorders.

The murals and literary exhibit reflect an important aspect of the approach taken by MMHC/The Together Place, which is to use writing and the arts as tools to expression and recovery.

There has also been an expansion in the classes and other offerings. For example, I now facilitate a weekly "Budgeting Basics" class to assist people with money management skills. It's the hope of MMHC administrators and staff that more people will become familiar with The Together Place and feel welcome to utilize its broad range of free services.