Through the truth-seeking process, many Wabanaki people will talk about their experiences with child welfare and other things related. Sharing stories of trauma, pain and survival is not only empowering and a source of relief, but it can also be intense and difficult for the individual who is sharing and those who are listening.
If you are experiencing painful emotions as a result of telling about your experiences or hearing those of a loved one, you need not be alone with your feelings. Many times having a friend or loved one to talk with can be a great source of comfort. Some people turn to their community of faith, (church, meditation practice, etc.,) for comfort and support. Others may seek help from professional counselors.
As you prepare to talk about your experiences, it will be helpful to identify the different sources of support that you will draw upon.
In each Wabanaki community, REACH has Wabanaki Community Organizers who are available to help you find the support you need, connecting you to the recovery community in your area and other resources. They will talk with you and listen to you during one-to-one visits and regularly scheduled peace and healing circles, in which you can share and listen to others who have similar experiences.
Wabanaki health centers
Each Wabanaki community offers counseling services through its health center
Pleasant Point Health Center
Passamaquoddy Health Center at Indian Township
Penobscot Indian Health Services
Micmac Health Department
764-1792 or 1-800-750-1972
Maliseet Health Department
532-2240 or 1-800-640-2266
Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW)
Wabanaki Health and Wellness provides culturally-sensitive psychological and social services to the Native American populations of Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and parts of Washington Counties.
990-0605 or 1-800-434-3000
Intentional Warm Line
This mental health peer-to-peer phone support program for adults, age 18 and older, offers mutual conversations with a trained specialist who has life experience with mental health and/or substance use issues and recovery. The focus is to encourage and foster recovery, moving toward wellness and reconnecting with community.
Youth Crisis Stabilization
Statewide Suicide Referral Line
2-1-1 Maine is part of a national movement to centralize and streamline access to health and human service information and resources. The State of Maine has thousands of programs offering all types of health and human services.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA)
Pine Tree Legal, with six offices statewide, provide free legal help to Maine people with low incomes.
Call 1-877-213-5630 for the Native American Unit
Statewide: Maine Coalition to End DV
1-866-834-HELP (-4357) – Available 24/7
Houlton Band of Maliseets Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
532-6401 – Available 24/7 – or 532-3000
Penobscot Indian Nation Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline
631-4886 – Available 24/7 – or 817-7498
Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Peaceful Relations
853-2613 or 853-0644 ext. 555 or 274
Spruce Run (Penobscot County)
The Next Step (Washington County)
1-800-604-8692 or 255-4785
Hope and Justice Project (Aroostook County)
1-800-439-2323 – Available 24/7 – or 764-2977