“LEWISTON (WGME) — Many Mainers will be feeling anxiety, grief and paranoia for weeks and months to come, given the traumatic events that unfolded on October 25.
If you seek help to cope, you could be waiting months to be seen by a mental health professional.
Maine’s behavioral health community, in the wake of the worst mass shooting in state history, is asking President Joe Biden to deploy federal assistance for boosting mental health services and crisis response. Legislative advocate for Behavioral Health Community Collaborative Betsy Sweet and Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services Director Malory Shaughnessy say it is evident Maine needs this help now more than ever.
“We have the good bones of a mental health community system here in Maine; we just don’t have community resources. Now, before this tragedy, if you needed to get in to see an outpatient therapist, the wait is between 5-7 months,” Sweet said.”