If you would like more information about mental health, the impacts of stigma or  family support services, you should visit the website of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI). NAMI’s Maine chapter offers a wide range of services to both mental health consumers and their families, including education, advocacy and support services.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and seeking immediate professional intervention for a life threatening issue, please call the statewide 24-hour Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112.


If you would like to learn more about services available in the Biddeford-Saco area, we invite you to visit the following web sites. Please note: All Along the Watchtower does not endorse any specific agency or provider; and this listing is provided as a free, non-professional, community resource guide.


Founded in 1963, the nonprofit Counseling Services, Inc. delivers comprehensive mental health treatment and support programs to people of all ages at 12 locations in York County and one in Westbrook. 

Services include crisis intervention and stabilization, psychiatric services, traditional counseling and complementary therapies, home-based treatment, housing services, and peer support.  The agency employs 350, has an annual operating budget of $20 million, and annually serves 8,000 York and Cumberland County residents. Learn More


Shalom House offers hope for adults living with severe mental illness by providing an array of community based mental health services and a choice of quality housing that help people lead stable and fulfilling lives in the community.

Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing affordable housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. Once basic housing needs have been met, peoples’ lives can become more stable. Our goal is to help people address personal goals, receive services, take medication, and once again become a vital part of the community. Learn More


Located near the Maine Turnpike exit in Biddeford, Southern Maine Medical Center is a full-service, accredited hospital with a mental health acute-care center and an in-patient psychiatric ward. The hospital also coordinates with other regional providers to offer full services, including patient, family and community education, support groups and service referrals. (Learn More)


Sweetser’s mission is to provide quality treatment, support and hope to children, adults and families through a network of mental health, behavioral health and educational services.

With a history dating back to 1828, Sweetser is the oldest child welfare/behavioral health organization in Maine. Sweetser evolved from the joining of four Maine orphanages: The Children’s Home of Portland (formerly the Female Orphan Asylum), the Belfast-based Children’s Aid Society of Maine, Maine Home for Boys (formerly the Little Samaritan Society), and the original Sweetser Home for Boys in Saco. (Learn more)

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