According to the 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health, Maine has the nation’s highest rate of children with diagnosed anxiety disorders, and the third highest rate of children with diagnosed depression. In the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 20 percent of middle schoolers and 16 percent of high schoolers said they have seriously considered suicide. 43% of high school students and 41% of middle school students say they don't feel they matter in their communities.

The Maine Resilience Building Network launched Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth to work across the public and private sectors to catalyze community-developed approaches to build resilience.



Mattering in the Community: A Pathway to Youth Resilience and Adaptability with Dr. Gordon Flett
Professional Development Event

Chris McLaughlin, LCSW
Associate Vice President
Community & Pediatric Services
Northern Light Hospital

Kellie D. Bailey MA CCC-SLP, MMT/SEL-I
Social Emotional Learning/Restorative Practice Specialist
Office of School and Student Support
Maine Department of Education

Danie Fortin
Teen Services Librarian
McArthur Public Library
Chair of the Youth Services Section, Maine Library Association


Building Positive Relationships with Youth, facilitated by Maine Youth Action Network 
Professional Development Event

Survey shows Maine youth don't feel they matter
Story aired on Fox22/ABC7, Bangor

As the pandemic eases, it is time to focus on youth mental well-being 
Bangor Daily News OpEd by Kini-Ana Tinkham and Leslie Forstadt


Lunch & Learn: The Science of Mattering 
Professional Development Event

Building a Culture for Community Resilience: Safe Spaces and Small Acts to Increase Youth Mattering
Article published by Community Commons

January - March

9 Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth Community Conversations held in Maine's Public Health Districts
Community Conversation Report: Safe Spaces and Small Acts 



2 Thought Leader Roundtables convened. 
Thought Leader Roundtables Report 


Catalyzing Resilience and Healing Through Mattering with Dr. Christina Bethell
Two-day conference


Maine Voices: It's up to community to ensure that young people feel that they matter 
Portland Press Herald OpEd by Kini-Ana Tinkham and Leslie Forstadt


Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth White Paper released

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