Helpful Resources

Immediate Help


Crisis Text Line
Text “START” to 741-741. Free, confidential and 24/7. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis.

Maine Residents

Call 1-866-771-9276. For 18 and older, 24/7. Talk with a trained peer support specialist who has personal experience with mental health recovery. Run by Sweetser.

Crisis Line
Call 1-888-568-1112 statewide. Cumberland County 774-HELP (4357). York County 282-6136. For all ages, 24/7. Opportunity Alliance offers a mobile crisis response service as well as phone assistance and a crisis center in Portland, Maine. Trained staff provide support, advocacy, crisis intervention, assessment, and assistance in faciliating access to emergency room services.

Lived Experience Resources

Strong 365
Strong 365 has personal stories from young people with psychosis and resources to help cope with symptoms.

7 Cups of Tea
7 cups of tea is a peer chat community that connects you to caring people who understand. It is a free, anonymous and confidential online chat with trained listeners – many of whom have been through similar experiences.

Personal Mental Health Stories
Note that this playlist is regularly updated.

Active Minds
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on students and young adults ages 14-25.

Bring Change to Mind
Bring Change to Mind seeks to end the stigma and discrimination around mental illness. The website has a blog, videos, and resources to help youth talk about mental health.

Students with Psychosis
Students with Psychosis helps to empower students living with psychosis and their allies to take leadership and become advocates around mental health. They offer events, career building opportunities including internships, and have an Advocacy board.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA youth.

The International Hearing Voices Network
The International Hearing Voices Network has extensive resources about the experience of “voices, visions, and other unusual experiences.”

Informational Resources

NASMHPD Early Intervention in Psychosis Virtual Resource Center
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) has a resource center which offers a national online treatment locator. The website also has materials related to early intervention in psychosis: toolkits and webinars that address clinical, program, financing, advocacy, and family involvement.

Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET)
PEPPNET offers resources including local and state program directories, a virtual resource center and an inventory of best practices in high risk and early psychosis programs.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine
Through support, education, and advocacy, NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness.

Early Psychosis Intervention
EPI provides a collective resource about Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) for the province of British Columbia (BC).

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find srange or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help is a report written by clinical psychologists and people with lived experience of psychosis.

Understanding Voices
Understanding Voices has resources about different approaches to voice-hearing and ways of supporting people who are hearing voices.

NIMH: What is Psychosis?
The National Institute of Mental Health has resources on psychosis and information on the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.

Sibling’s Guide to Psychosis
Canadian mental health association developed this guide which provides information and support to teens and young adults who have a sibling experiencing psychosis.

Back to Life, Back to Normality
This is a link to purchase the book Back to Life, Back to Normality: a resource for families and supports.

PIER and Resilience Program Materials

Early Symptoms Flyer
This flyer gives examples of some symptoms that could indicate early warning signs of psychosis.

PIER Brochure
Brief overview of the PIER program.

Resilience Brochure
Brief overview of the Resilience program.

What is Peer Support?

What is Supported Employment?

What is Supported Education?

What is Multifamily Group?

What is CBT for Psychosis?

What is Care Management?

Maine Medical Center Research Institute
PIER Program

Maine Medical Center 66 Bramhall Street Portland, Maine 04102

The PIER Program is part of the Maine Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Funding for PIER comes from the Mental Health Block Grant through the Department of Health and Human Services.