Our Mission

Welcome to Upta Maine! We extend our heartfelt gratitude and a warm embrace to all visitors, especially our dedicated first responders and their supporters.

Our journey began with a deeply personal experience and a burning desire to create a sanctuary for healing. As someone who started as a Jr. Firefighter and climbed the ranks to become a career captain, I intimately understand the daily challenges that our brave first responders face, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. It was during my own struggles that the unwavering support of my hometown fire department, Association, and IAFF Local led me to the IAFF Center of Excellence, where I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD.

In the midst of my journey to recovery, I discovered the incredible healing power of nature. Walking along inspiring pathways adorned with personalized affirmation signs, I found solace and strength in Maine's natural beauty. Upta Maine was born as a beacon of hope for first responders who may be grappling with similar challenges.

Our vision is to create a compassionate community of individuals who truly understand the toll that dedication can take on one's mental well-being. Through nature-centered approaches, we aim to empower healing, raise awareness about PTSD and suicide prevention, and provide a safe space for processing the emotional toll of their vital roles.

Our mission is crystal clear: to offer a sanctuary for self-care and moments of mental solitude. By sharing my personal journey, I hope to guide others away from the dark paths that trauma can lead to. It's time to shift the focus from solely caring for others to prioritizing our own well-being.

Upta Maine is built upon the values of Honesty, Integrity, Courage, and Compassion. To my fellow first responders, I extend a heartfelt invitation to embark on a transformative journey towards self-actualization, peace, and joy. Together, we can become better providers for those we serve, armed with the resilience forged from our shared experiences.

Upta Maine is more than just a community; it's a lifeline. We face the vulnerabilities of mental illness head-on, offering support for struggles with suicide, substance abuse, PTSD, moral injury, and related challenges. Join us in embracing the power of nature and finding strength in Maine's nurturing embrace. Together, we can rewrite our stories, heal our wounds, and cultivate lasting wellness.

Thank you for being a part of our compassionate community. Your presence here is a testament to your commitment to wellness and the well-being of our first responders. Welcome to Upta Maine, where nature's healing embrace awaits you.

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