Resources to cope with Lewiston shootings

Web, phone, text resources are available to Mainers.
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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday encouraged anyone affected by the mass shooting in Lewiston to reach out to available behavioral health support. 

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

Here are some other resources that are available:

Suicide and behavioral health crisis hotline: Call or text 988 to talk to trained crisis specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer free, confidential support for anyone and can also respond by chat at Information for the deaf and hard of hearing is also available.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Teen Text Line: Teens and young adults can text (207) 515-8398 to connect with other youth to help them manage their challenges every day from noon to 10 p.m.

FrontLine WarmLine: Clinicians, educators and first responders can call 1-800-769-9819 for free support services to help these professionals manage the stress of responding to disasters. Available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

If you’re unsure, contact 211: This number provides general information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information can also be found at

For more resources and information, including guides on coping with a traumatic event and talking to children about gun violence, Maine DHHS created a webpage with additional resources and support.


Rose Lundy

Rose Lundy covers public health for The Maine Monitor. She is a 2020 Report for America corps member, and a 2022 ProPublica Local Reporting Network fellow. Rose previously covered politics and local government at The Daily News in southwest Washington. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
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