Fishermen Wellness

health and wellness for fishermen on land and sea

Thanks to generous support from the Builders Initiative, the Fisher Charitable Trust and the Sewall Foundation, MCFA is helping provide fishermen the wellness support they need onshore and provide needed safety gear on the water.
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Survival Gear Loan Program

MCFA has life rafts available to fishermen who are getting theirs repacked or who are required to take additional crew/ observers on short notice. 


We also have survival suits that can be borrowed if fishermen are in need of extra crew or will be bringing extra people aboard trips.


If you have things you are in need of or no longer using, please consider a donation to MCFA. 

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Wellness Support

MCFA is able to cover the costs of counseling for fishermen for up to three sessions.


 We have worked with partners at NAMI Maine and Health Affiliates of Maine to curate a list of 10 counselors who understand the unpredictably and stressful schedules of fishermen.

Please contact Monique for more information and to request the list of counselors for yourself or a loved one. MCFA aims to make it as easy as possible for fishermen to access the support that they need.


NAMI Maine Blog Series

Fishermen Wellness is an on-going series by NAMI Clinical Staff. Each week a new topic will be featured pertaining to mental health and wellness for fishermen.


Thank you to the clinical staff at NAMI for their support and insight during this time.

Other Resources

NAMI Maine Helpline 800-464-5767, press 1
Suicide prevention hotline 800-273-8255
Substance abuse support hotline  (877) 967-2149

If you need to apply for Medicaid, you can reach out to Oasis at 207-721-9277 or visit oasisfreeclinics.org. Oasis also offers free healthcare and mental services in the interim period while the application process is happening.