Crisis Resources

In case of a medical or mental health emergency: call (or text) 911, or go to your local ER

Maine Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112

The Maine Crisis Line (MCL) is the state’s crisis telephone response service for individuals or families experiencing a behavioral health crisis or having thoughts of suicide and/or self-harm. Trained crisis call specialists answer the line and provide free and confidential 24/7 telephone support and stabilization.

988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: CALL or CHAT/TEXT 988

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

The TREVOR Project Lifeline: Text START to 678-678, or call 1-866-488-7386

Child Abuse Reporting: DHHS 1-800-452-1999

Sexual Assault Response Services 1-800-871-7741

Information and referral service: Statewide Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211

Online Resources

Creating Supportive Environments When Scary Things Happen: Guidance about things you can do to help your family navigate challenges.

Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen: Guidance to help you talk with children and youth after something scary or violent happens.

Talking to Teens When Violence Happens: Guidance for adults to help them talk with teens.

GriefTalk: Talking to a Child or Teen to Let Them Know Someone Has Died: Guide for parents/caregivers from the National Alliance for Grieving Children

Supporting Youth in Grief After a Suicide or Traumatic Loss: Opening Up the Conversation: Guide for parents/caregivers from the Maine Suicide Prevention Program

How to Explain Death to a Child, A Step-by-Step Guide: It may not be the easiest topic to discuss with young kids, but experts suggest this step-by-step advice for laying the groundwork now.

10 Tips for Helping Children Cope with Disaster: After a disaster, parents, teachers and caregivers look for advice on how to help children manage stress. These 10 tips from Save the Children’s emergency response experts can ensure that children get the support they need – well after the disaster is over.

Collection of Resources for Supporting Maine Schools During and After Crisis: Resources from Maine PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention System)

The Center for Grieving Children – Portland, ME: The Center for Grieving Children's mission is to provide loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach and education.

Dougy Center (formerly The National Grief Center for Children & Families): Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and families who are grieving can share their experiences before and after a death. We provide support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

National Alliance for Children's Grief: The NACG raises awareness about the needs of children who are grieving and provides resources for anyone who supports them.

NAMI Maine (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers affected by mental illness.