As the pandemic worsened mental health and substance use challenges statewide, a record-high 58 people died from overdoses in January. The losses have hit the Passamaquoddy tribe especially hard.
A panel calls for expanded community response and better cooperation between government, advocacy groups and schools to reduce the deaths.
Trace key events in the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Maine — and how officials are responding — using this interactive, multimedia timeline.
In a county with few mental health resources, community members are rallying to increase peer support and education around suicide.
The Stewarts are just one family in Washington County forced to struggle with suicide in an area where demand for help far outweighs the number of mental health providers.
During a tragic winter that saw four suicides and prolonged isolation, Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons has served as a guardian, confidant and friend to the people in northeastern Washington County.
The number of registered homeschool students increased 71 percent this school year, but the long-term effects are not clear.
While Maine food banks distributed more meals since March 2020 than they did the year before the pandemic, demand for heat assistance slightly decreased.
Mainers have lived in a state of emergency for the past year — the longest period in at least 24 years. Republicans are now looking to change how governors can apply their emergency powers.
The rise of community-focused groups likely helped Maine maintain low infection rates. Their success could continue even after the pandemic.
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