Acadia Hospital CARES

Together, we can help to create opportunities for learning and growth, and work as a community to help young people navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of adolescence.

Our Child-Adolescent Resource and Educational Series, or CARES, highlights crucial youth mental health and wellness issues. The series follows young people as they address topics such as eating disorders, bullying, anxiety, sexual identity, substance abuse, and resiliency.

The video series provide adults with important, expert information that can be used to keep children and teens safe. We are fortunate to have a number of experts featured in the videos, and they will be providing timely information, along with helpful resources.

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On October 1, 2022, Acadia Hospital was honored with a very generous $15,000 donation to our Acadia CARES program by Friends of Cross Insurance Center at their annual Gala. Acadia was one of three non-profits honored that night, and we were surprised and elated to learn later in the evening that Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway was awarding us an additional $5,000! We are using these funds to refresh and expand the Acadia CARES program to help even more young people who need guidance navigating life’s challenges.

A video about each of the three organizations recognized was shared with Gala attendees. Take a moment to watch ours below, and thank you again to the Friends of Cross Insurance Center and Hollywood Casino for your support of this program and the young people who benefit from this important curriculum. Together, we are changing lives.

Acadia Hospital has a strong tradition of outreach and education on youth wellness issues, from our award-winning short dramatic film, The Road Back, to over 15 years of sponsoring Challenge Days at Maine high schools. We also do an extensive amount of public engagements in communities and schools, because we believe that our youth deserve to have the tools necessary for them to grow and succeed; and if they are struggling with mental health issues, we know the sooner they receive professional treatment, the better their long-term results will be.