Outreach & Education
What is Outreach?
The UMaine Counseling Center is committed to supporting the mental health and well being of all students. We work with the larger campus community to bring information, programs, and consultation to students, faculty and staff. From our life-skills workshop series to presentations on communication, relationships and suicide prevention, we are passionate about increasing college student mental health awareness through prevention, awareness, education and stigma reduction.
Through outreach, Counseling Center staff are able to connect with the larger UMaine community and foster a more kind, caring, and compassionate community by connecting with students who do not traditionally utilize individual, couples or group therapy. These could include students who may want to know more about how to help a friend or students who may experience stigma about help seeking or students who may need support, but not necessarily counseling.
Our Outreach & Education efforts take many forms. Browse below to find ways to get involved or take advantage of the expertise our staff have to offer. If you have an idea or need that is not mentioned, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Kelly Shaw in FirstClass.
Suicide Prevention Efforts
The UMaine Counseling Center has a long history of working to to build a suicide-safer community through the Touchstone Project. Historically, the grant-funded Touchstone Project made it possible for UMaine to provide, among other resources, frequent Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention trainings to students, faculty, and staff, as well as creating an anonymous Stress & Depression Questionnaire for students who may be hesitant about coming in for counseling services. Although the grant funding has ended, our goal is to continue to make UMaine a place where we can have honest dialogue about feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. By bringing this struggle into the light, we hope that students will seek help and get the support they need and deserve, before it’s too late. Read more about what we currently do to help make our UMaine community safer from deaths by suicide.
One of the most common struggles our students face is how to manage the stress and anxiety that comes from trying to balance the various demands of a college student, from classes and work to navigating family and romantic relationships. While counseling can be very helpful for these concerns, we recognize that most students would benefit from learning a few new ways of managing their stress. Stop by our Mind Spa (120 Memorial Union, 1st floor by the ATM) to learn more! Open during the Fall & Spring semesters on Mondays through Fridays from 11am to 2pm, our Mind Spa staff can teach you few simple ways of relaxing and coping with stress using, among other things, biofeedback, meditation, and light therapy.
Life Skills Groups
For students who want to dig a bit deeper and learn some new life skills, we currently offer two Life Skills Groups: Helping Skills and Relationship Skills. Visit our Life Skills Groups page to learn more and to sign up.
Workshops are an easy way to introduce students to a variety of topics, ranging from “Introduction to the Counseling Center” to “Healthy Relationships” and “Coping with Stress.” Visit our Workshops page to find out more or request a custom workshop to meet the needs of your student group or class. Please plan to contact us at least 2-3 weeks in advance to schedule your workshop.