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Over $2 Million Toward Mental Health TeleHealth Supports for Youth in Schools in Maine

 

Pull Up Fund is excited to announce more than $2 million in grants to support Maine organizations delivering mental health telehealth services to students across the state.

The organizations receiving grants include:

  • Community Clinical Services, Inc. (Lewiston-Auburn), to increase access to year-round telehealth supports for youth.  
  • Kennebec Behavioral Health (Somerset, Kennebec Counties), to pilot a Telehealth Coordinator program in schools in Central Maine.
  • MCD Global Health (Washington County), to expand mental health telehealth supports for youth in grades K-12 at the four schools that comprise AOS90 in Washington County. 

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the existing mental health issues amongst youth in Maine and introduced new challenges in accessing resources. According to a survey of respondents that interacted with grades 5 through 12 conducted by the Maine Department of Education over the 2020-21 school year, the frequency of symptoms of anxiety and depression increased by over 85.4%.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in usage of telehealth services for mental health. Pull Up Fund is excited to support promising initiatives that will serve to rapidly expand telehealth adoption for Maine youth.

 

About Pull Up Fund

Pull Up Fund (PUF) was founded as a charitable means to connect historically excluded communities with resources they need to thrive. PUF’s grants have supported COVID-19 relief programs, STEAM & youth education, racial justice, criminal justice and reentry support, poverty alleviation and more. PUF focuses on organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland and across the state of Maine. For questions, please utilize the Contact Form at the bottom of the webpage.