National Volunteer Week is the backdrop for festivities at Spring Harbor Hospital through April 21, as the nonprofit psychiatric center honors its volunteer mental-health ambassadors. Volunteers will receive letters of thanks, appreciation gifts, and feature articles in the hospital’s publications.

The Wesbrook-based, 100-bed hospital and its outpatient programs are buoyed by the annual support of more than 100 volunteers who help enhance hospital experiences for patients, increase awareness of mental health issues, and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Over the past year, Spring Harbor’s volunteers contributed nearly 6,000 hours of service estimated at $111,000 in value.

Spring Harbor’s volunteers include college students, retirees, former patients and family members who have loved ones who experience mental illness. In addition, special-event volunteers bring musical performances, storytelling and therapy pets to the hospital to entertain patients.

Spring Harbor’s volunteer program was established in 2003. It is the first program of its kind to be created in a freestanding psychiatric facility in Maine.

To learn more about Spring Harbor Hospital and its volunteer opportunities, visit or call 207-761-2314.

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