Resources for Community Care + Response to Lewiston Tragedy

Posted By: Anna Overstrom-Coleman Nonprofit News + Trends,

From Oct 26, 2023: The MANP team is deeply saddened by the mass shooting that occurred last night in Lewiston. We have spent the day connecting with and listening to our members in the Lewiston-Auburn community and across the state and country whose hearts are also heavy with fear and grief. 

Our thoughts are especially with the victims, their families and our colleagues on the front lines of the response to this violence. MANP’s team stands ready to support the many organizations that are working to heal, rebuild and strengthen Maine’s communities in the wake of this tragedy.

Current: Below we are compiling resources both offered by, and available to, Maine’s nonprofit community. We will continue to update this post as additional information and resources evolve. 

We know many more resources are out there and developing. Email us at with additions, questions, or corrections.

Taking Care of Yourself

  • Maine Crisis Line, 711 or 1-888-568-1112
    • Guidance on Language Access and Interpretation at Maine Crisis Line/988:  
    • If an interpreter/cultural broker/CHW is present with a caller at the time they call, they are welcome to identify themselves as an interpreter and that they are calling on behalf of a caller who needs interpretation. No interpreter certification is required. 
    • If the caller needs an interpreter and there is not one present with them at the time of their call, they can let the Crisis Call Specialist (CCS) know the language that they speak and the CCS will conference an interpreter service via the phone and can proceed with the call once the interpreter is on the line. They will conference the caller into the call while they are waiting to be connected with the interpreter service. 
  • Disaster Distress Helpline - Call or text 1-800-985-5990. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 for people  experiencing emotional distress or other mental health concerns related to natural or human-caused disasters. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing and for whom American Sign Language (ASL) is your primary or preferred language, use your videophone-enabled device to call 1-800-985-5990 or click on “ASL Now” at to be connected with a DDH crisis worker fluent in ASL.
  • National Alliance of Mental Health Maine (NAMI), 1-800-464-5767 & Press #1
  • StrengthenME Helpline offers free stress management and resiliency resources to anyone in Maine experiencing stress reactions from 8a.m. to 8p.m., seven days a week. StrengthenME can help people develop coping strategies before emotional challenges escalate into more serious mental health problems.
  • Clinicians, educators and first responders can call 1-800-769-9819: The FrontLine WarmLine offers free support services to help these professionals manage the stress of responding to disasters from 8a.m. to 8p.m., seven days a week
  • Intentional Warm Line (Maine based),1-866-771-9276, Mental health peer-to-peer hotline for adults ages 18 and older
  • Maine Association of New Americans offers peer support in English, French and Portugese. 
  • MANP’s Member Directory of mental health providers
  • The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, text or call 988
  • NAMHSA National Helpline, 1-800-662-4357, Confidential free help, from public health agencies, to find substance use treatment and information
  • Sweester PromiseLine 1-800-434-3000, behavioral health nonprofit that provides evidence-based treatment, support and hope through a statewide network of community-based mental health, recovery, and educational services.  
  • Mental Health Resources for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Disability Rights Maine's resources
  • Maine Association for the Deaf resources 
  • The Answer to Caregiving Burnout with Ai-Jen Poo
  • *Free community acupuncture to help treat trauma offered by L/A Community Acupuncture every Sunday 10am-5pm, 223 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. Schedule your 30 minute session here

Taking Care of Family

Taking Care of Your Team - Workplace Resources

Taking Care of Community - Where + How to Give Support

Where to Find Information

Closing Thoughts 

In closing, we wanted to amplify these wise words from Tree Street Youth, a nonprofit based in Lewiston.