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Compassion Cures: Building Hope by Overcoming Stigma

February 12

February 12

6:30 PM

This is a FREE event.

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Healthy Lincoln County and Lincoln Theater are pleased to bring you a special event documentary screening and panel discussion – Compassion Cures: Building Hope by Overcoming Stigma. This short documentary features collective voices and original music on how we can overcome stigma when it comes to mental health and substance misuse disorder and provide resources on how we can help those suffering through compassion.

Stigma is the #1 reason people don’t seek help.

Post-screening panel discussion facilitated by Healthy Lincoln County’s William Matteson and Larissa Hannan, with special guests Damariscotta Police Chief Jason Warlick, the Director of Outreach and Community Navigation for the Central Lincoln County YMCA, Karen-Ann Hagar-Smith, Behavioral Specialist and founder of Bridging Education, Corinne Pratt, Program Coordinator for the Lincoln County Recovery Community Center in Newcastle, Abigail Boudin, and Nick Loscocco, liason for Lincoln County Options.

About our guests:

Damariscotta Police Chief, Jason Warlick has long been a recovery advocate and placed an emphasis on community policing. The department’s vision statement describes “a community oriented, proactive police department sharing a mutual trust and respect, both with our community and our peers, that will make a difference for our future.”

Karen-Ann Hagar-Smith is the Director of Outreach and Community Navigation for the Central Lincoln County YMCA and sits on the board of NAMI Maine. She brings a trove of both professional and lived experience to issue of addiction and mental illness. She is also fierce advocate for youth engagement and mattering, and has advised local Sources of Strength groups.

Corinne Pratt is the Executive Director of Bridging Education which provides collaborative partnerships between the home, school, & community for special education students with emotional health needs.  She is also a Certified Intentional Peer Support and uses harm reduction and compassionate care to reduce the use of substances within homes and the community.

Abigail Boudin is the Program Coordinator for the Lincoln County Recovery Community Center in Newcastle. She is a certified Peer Recovery Coach and routinely works with folks at every stage of their recovery journeys.”

Nick Loscocco, Lincoln County Options liason, is a person who used drugs and is now in recovery. Using his personal experience and passion for helping people who use drugs live healthier lives, he has worked in the substance use field for 8 years. He has worked as a peer recovery coach, case manager, recovery home director, and now as the Lincoln County OPTIONS liaison. In his role here in Lincoln County, he works in partnership with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to offer follow up support to people who have experienced an overdose.  Nick can also be a great resource for anyone in the community looking to get connected with harm reduction resources, recovery support, treatment options, or Narcan training and distribution.


Presented in partnership with Healthy Lincoln County