In 2016, the Bath community lost yet another young person to suicide. This was not the first time our organization and our community had experienced such tragedy among our youth.
The Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark decided that we could no longer sit by and wait for it to happen again. In July 2016, we met with faculty from Morse High School, leaders from NAMI Maine, the Bath Recreation Department, and the Bath Area Family Y to discuss the issues facing our youth.
Next, we were joined by the Bath Police Department and Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. From there key stakeholders from Mid Coast Hospital, United Way, Sweetser, and Maine Behavioral Health joined. Community members, church organizations along with our local school districts soon followed.
Our mission is to empower the Midcoast community to be healthy, engaged, and resilient by promoting mental health awareness and understanding, advocating for those in need, and by expanding access to support.
Our vision is to be a suicide-free community comprised of invested, empathetic, and responsive members of all ages, demographics & backgrounds; a community that educates and brings awareness to mental health to reduce stigma and increase help-seeking; a community that works hand in hand to provide a safety net to those who are hurting, so they can find hope and healing.
We don’t want to lose anymore teenagers to suicide. If you feel the same way, please join us. There is a great deal of work to be done.