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“Fighting Mental Health Stigma” and “Living with Depression” Presentations Set for Augusta and Waterville in Coming Weeks

AUGUSTA---Free presentations on the topic of improved mental health will be offered by parishes in Augusta and Waterville in the coming weeks. All are welcome to attend either presentation. 

As part of its ongoing “Coffee and Conversation” series, the St. Michael Parish Social Justice Commission will sponsor a presentation and discussion on “Fighting Mental Health Stigma.” The session will be held on Thursday, January 23, at 7 p.m. in St. Monica Hall on 5 Kendall Street in Augusta. 

St. Michael parishioners Emily Dowdell and Andrew Phinney, both professionals in the mental health field, will lead the discussion. For more information, contact the parish at (207) 623-8823 or You can also visit the parish’s Facebook page at

Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in Winslow will co-host “Living with Depression” on Sunday, January 26, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the hall of Notre Dame Church on 116 Silver Street in Waterville.

Marc Sirois, a parishioner of Corpus Christi and the manager of outpatient behavioral services for MaineGeneral Medical Center, will discuss the causes and treatments of depression as well as strategies for living with depression and supporting those who do. For more information, call (207) 873-4512 or email

For more information about these and other special events occurring in the Diocese of Portland, visit the special events section of the diocesan website at