'You're Not Alone,' Mills Tells Veterans At Suicide Prevention Event
Maine Public Radio
By ED MORIN
September 17, 2019
Maine Gov. Janet Mills today joined with 30 organizations to call attention to suicide prevention resources for veterans.
Speaking in the State House Hall of Flags, Mills noted that Maine has the highest number of veteran suicides in the Northeast.
“We know that many people, many veterans are suffering, and I want you to know that you’re not alone. Please hear me when I say you are loved, honored, welcomed and not alone,” she said. "In 2016, 29 Maine veterans took their lives. These men and women who faithfully served our state and our nation lost their lives I think needlessly and in a preventable manner. We deeply mourn that loss."
Mills said people needing help can call or text the Veterans Crisis Line or the Maine Crisis Hotline.
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Maine retreat for wounded veterans is ready to expand
The Associated Press
by David Sharp
Monday, September 16th 2019
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A soldier who lost all his limbs after an explosion in Afghanistan and created a retreat to help others like him understands that injuries can run deeper than shattered bones.
So, the Travis Mills Foundation plans to address post-traumatic stress disorder when it embarks on a major expansion of its facility in Rome.
For one week each month, the retreat that opened two years ago will dedicate itself to PTSD recovery by getting participants started in a series called Warrior’s PATHH, operated by a partner. Participants must be willing to commit to the 18-month program that helps veterans recover from the invisible wounds of war.
“There’s no free vacation,” Mills told The Associated Press. “I’ve been able to rebuild myself with true grit and having wonderful people who were there for me. We’re trying to provide a way for them to push forward and to get through it.”
Plans for the $5.4-million expansion, to be unveiled Sunday, also include an addition with a swimming pool and gym equipment, along with the expanded calendar with dozens of weekly PTSD treatment sessions.
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