Working together to bring hope & healing to Midcoast Maine!
Midcoast Community Alliance, “MCA”, is a community coalition serving Sagadahoc County, Brunswick, Harpswell and Wiscasset, which promotes mental health awareness with a vision to end suicide.
In July 2016, the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark organized a meeting with five local organizations to address the high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide found within our community.
By the fall, the Midcoast Community Alliance had grown to include nearly 75 people from 34 different organizations all working together to reduce mental health stigma, to encourage help seeking and, ultimately, to be a suicide-free community.
We believe that by working together we can make a difference, we welcome you to join us.
MCA has hosted A Call to Action for Suicide Prevention, and YOU MATTER events at Morse High & Bath Middle Schools. In addition, MCA partners with Mid Coast Hospital and NAMI to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings, educating parents and adults who work with teens, to identify and respond appropriately to a teen in crisis.
We collaborate with Maine Resiliency Building Network to hold community trainings on Adverse Childhood Experiences, to become a trauma-informed community.
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; one that is comprised of invested, empathetic, and responsive members of all ages, demographics & backgrounds, that educates and brings awareness to mental health to reduce stigma and increase help-seeking, that works to provide a safety net to those who are hurting so they can find hope and healing.
MCA has been acknowledged with a “volunteer of the year” award from the Bath YMCA, a “Community Builder” award from United Way, and a “Caring About Lives” award from the Maine CDC. Jamie Dorr, president of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark, was awarded Bath’s 2017 Citizen of the Year, and named one of Portland Press Herald’s 10 Mainers We are Thankful For, in addition to several other awards.