Wellness & Recovery - Recovery & Wellness Links

You will find links here for Person Centered Planning, WRAP, Mindfulness, Psychiatric Advance Directives and more!

What is Recovery? It's a process that takes place over time and regains or restores health. Recovery involves changing thinking and attitudes. It means action. It promotes emotional and spiritual growth. It begins with self-acceptance and self-change-mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The following Internet Web Sites are listed for your convenience. The list is not all-inclusive, nor should it be considered an endorsement of the accuracy of, or support for, the information/views expressed in each site.


Maine links

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Central Service Portland
    This site gives State of Maine AA information including meeting lists by areas and social events notices.
    www.aamaine.org External site disclaimer
  • Disability Rights Maine (DRM)
    Mission is to ensure autonomy, inclusion, equality, and access for people with disabilities in Maine.
    https://www.drme.org/ External site disclaimer
  • Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
    MAAR's mission is to organize recovering people into an inclusive statewide addiction recovery network that supports all recovery pathways. MAAR provides recovery education and peer recovery support programs.
    https://www.masap.org/site/maar.asp External site disclaimer
  • Maine Public Radio Community Events Calendar
    Find something to do: art, music, book clubs, sports, and more. Search for community events here! https://events.publicbroadcasting.net/mpbc/events.eventsmain External site disclaimer
  • Maine The Community Connector
    Is a searchable database of health and human service resources in greater Franklin County, Maine. This website is made possible by the Healthy Community Coalition and the Franklin Resource Network. It features ways to keep you connected in your community and, as a result, healthy as well.
    https://www.thecommunityconnector.org/ External site disclaimer
  • The Anna Institute
    The Anna Institute celebrates and honors the life of Anna Caroline
    Jennings , by using her artwork and life experience to educate others on the hidden epidemic of childhood sexual abuse, its horrific impacts on individuals and society, and paths to prevention or healing
    https://www.theannainstitute.org/ External site disclaimer
  • Consumer Council System of Maine
    The purpose of the Consumer Council System of Maine (CCSM)is to assure there is an effective, independent consumer voice in the development of public policy.
    https://www.maineccsm.org/ External site disclaimer
  • The Co Occurring Collaborative of Southern Maine
    The Collaborative consists of consumers and family members and more than 40 agencies who work together to coordinate and integrate services for people with co-occurring disorders. Its mission is to reduce barriers and create effective community-based services.
    https://www.ccsme.org/index.htm External site disclaimer
  • The Jerry Bradley Foundation
    To introduce those with mental and physical disabilities, as well as the elderly, to a new world of technology, community involvement and personal skill building; for the purpose of alleviating isolation and creating healthy relationships.
    https://www.callofserenity.com/ External site disclaimer
  • Volunteer Maine
    Mission is to improve the lives of people in Eastern Maine by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. We bring together human, financial and strategic resources to strengthen children and families, support seniors, meet people's basic needs, and promote self-sufficiency for all individuals.
    https://volunteer.united-e-way.org/uwem/org/opp/12463111.html External site disclaimer
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National links

  • Advocacy
    • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
      Nation's leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities.
      https://www.bazelon.org/ External site disclaimer
    • NAMI's Stigma Alerts
      A network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.
      https://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=fight_stigma External site disclaimer
    • Stop Stigma
      Stigma is not just a matter of using the wrong word or action. Stigma is about disrespect. It is the use of negative labels to identify a person living with mental illness. Stigma is a barrier. Fear of stigma, and the resulting discrimination, discourages individuals and their families from getting the help they need. An estimated 22 to 23 percent of the U.S. population experience a mental disorder in any given year, but almost half of these individuals do not seek treatment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002; U.S. Surgeon General, 2001).
      https://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/OEL99-0004/default.asp External site disclaimer
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  • Community Access
    • The Institute for Recovery  and Community Integration
      The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration works to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery and community integration as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner
      https://www.mhrecovery.org/ External site disclaimer
    • UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration
      Community Integration is the opportunity to live in the community and be valued for one's uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else (Salzer, 2006). Community integration is a right of all people and encompasses) housing, employment, education, leisure/recreation, social roles, peer support, health status, citizenship, self-determination, and religion/spirituality. Community integration (or, the opportunity to live like everyone else) should result in community presence and participation of people with psychiatric disabilities similar to that of others without a disability (Salzer, 2006).
      https://tucollaborative.org/ External site disclaimer
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  • Holistic
    • The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society
      Mindfulness is universal and transformational, a planetary commonwealth. We did not invent mindfulness. We don't own it or hold a patent. We do know something about working with this simple provocative way of relating to self others and the world.
      https://www.umassmed.edu/content.aspx?id=41252 External site disclaimer
    • Dietary guidelines for Americans
      Eating right and being physically active aren't just a "diet" or a "program" - they are keys to a healthy lifestyle.
      https://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/ External site disclaimer
    • Person Centered Planning
      Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering people with disability labels. It focuses on the people and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives, not on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. This ultimately leads to greater inclusion as valued members of both community and society.
      https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/pcp/ External site disclaimer
    • Positive Aging Resource Center
      You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream (Les Brown).
      https://www.positiveaging.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Naturopathic Medicine
      "Our vision is to transform the healthcare system from a disease management system to a comprehensive health program incorporating the principles of naturopathic medicine. We believe that every American has the right to choose a naturopathic doctor and every naturopathic doctor has the opportunity to be a successful practitioner"
      https://www.naturopathic.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Polarity Therapy
      "Polarity Therapy" is a gentle, holistic method of treatment, applicable to many health problems and also useful in maintaining health. Central to Polarity Therapy is the concept of a life energy, which is in constant pulsation from positive to negative poles via a neutral position, creating fields and energetic lines of force."
      https://www.polaritytherapy.org/ External site disclaimer
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  • Peer Support
    • New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
      A resource center for consumers and consumer-run organizations across the United States .
      https://www.nyaprs.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Peer Support and Peer Run Crisis Alternatives in Mental Health
      Peer support has traditionally meant informal, non-professionalized help from people who have had similar life experiences. In mental health peers come together with many shared experiences including a negative reaction to traditional services. However without a new framework to build from it is not uncommon to find people re-enacting "help" based on what was done to them. Some people take on positions of power and others fall into passive recipient roles. Therefore, all training emphasizes a critical learning experience in which people mutually explore "how they've come to know what they know. In other words, through intentional conversations, people examine their assumptions about who they are, what power-shared relationships can look like, and ultimately what's possible" (S. Mead).
      https://www.mentalhealthpeers.com/ External site disclaimer
    • Support Coalition International
      An independent nonprofit coalition defending human rights and promoting humane alternatives for mental and emotional well being.
      https://www.mindfreedom.org/ External site disclaimer
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  • Research
  • Self Help
    • Wellness Recovery Action Plan
      "The Wellness Recovery Action Plan can help you in the process of recovery, of getting well and staying well, and of assisting you in becoming who you want to be and making your life the way you want it. It will also be helpful to you in adapting to any challenges you have in your life like chronic illness, serious disability, being on active duty, or dealing with extreme loss or grief"(M. Copeland).
      https://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/ External site disclaimer
    • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) World Service
      This site provides information about AA organization at the state, national and international levels. It also provides information for people considering AA as an option for themselves, as well as providing information for families and professionals.
      https://www.aa.org/ External site disclaimer
    • DBSA Depression Bipolar Support Alliance
      Information ,online support groups, live podcasts, articles and networking around issues related to depression and bipolar disorder.
      https://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home External site disclaimer
    • Dual Recovery (DRA)
      This site provides answers to questions about DRA and provides national and international meeting lists. Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 step self-help program supporting recovery from two no-fault illnesses, an emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency. The program has an emphasis on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of lives.
      www.draonline.org External site disclaimer
    • Facing US
      The Facing Us Clubhouse is a program brought to you by The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
      https://www.facingus.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Mental Health Recovery Self-Help Strategies
      Focus is on shifting the system of mental health care toward prevention and recovery through education, training, and research.
      https://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/ External site disclaimer
    • Over Eaters Anonymous
      "Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps External site disclaimer and Twelve Traditions External site disclaimer of OA"
      https://www.oa.org External site disclaimer
    • Parents Anonymous
      Child abuse prevention organization.
      https://www.parentsanonymous.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Schizophrenic's Anonymous
      The mission is to add the element of self-help group support to the recovery of process of people suffering from schizophrenia.
      https://www.sanonymous.org/ External site disclaimer
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  • Technical Assistance
    • National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center "NCSTAC was established in 1998 by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services. Our purpose is to strengthen consumer organizations by providing technical assistance in the form of research, informational materials, and financial aid." https://www.ncstac.org/ External site disclaimer
    • National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
      Has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement.
      https://www.mhselfhelp.org/ External site disclaimer
    • Consumer Driven Services Directory
      The purpose of the Directory is to provide consumers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs. Such programs have a proven track record in helping people recover from mental illnesses.
      https://www.cdsdirectory.org/ External site disclaimer
    • National Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Center (NCSTAC)
      Purpose is to strengthen consumer organizations by providing technical assistance in the form of research, informational materials, and financial aid.
      https://www.ncstac.org/ External site disclaimer
    • National Empowerment Center
      Mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been labeled with mental illness.
      https://www.power2u.org/ External site disclaimer
    • National Resource Center on Psychiatric Directives
      Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person's specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment, in preparation for the possibility that the person may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.
      https://www.nrc-pad.org/ External site disclaimer
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