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Outreach

Our Commitment to Promoting Well-Being Through 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 improving college student mental health by promoting wellness through prevention, spreading awareness, education and stigma reduction.

Why Outreach?

Through outreach, Counseling Center staff are able to connect with the larger UMaine community and foster a more inclusive, 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 & Prevention efforts take many forms. Browse below to find ways to get involved or take advantage of the expertise our staff have to offer.

Workshops/Presentations

We have adapted our approach to outreach in response to the ambiguity and isolation we have experienced given Covid 19 and all of the societal upheaval. We have offered virtual workshops and support groups focused on fostering connection and promoting social emotional growth and healing. It has yet to be determined if our programs will be in person or virtual for Fall 2021. Please stay tuned!

Workshops/presentations are an easy way to introduce students to a variety of topics, ranging from “Introduction to the Counseling Center” to “Cultivating Calm” to “Mindfulness”  to “Healthy Relationships” and “Coping with Stress.” Due to limited staffing resources, we are not able to to attend every presentation we are asked to do. To continue to meet this need of our community, however, we have created a recurring workshop series of the topics students find most relevant to their lives.

Check out our Life Skills Workshops. We are proud to offer a variety of workshops for students focused on:

  1. Suicide Prevention
  2. Working with Students in Distress
  3. Managing Emotional Labor
  4. One Night Stands & The Mental Health Impacts

Should you like to have our staff present on a mental health topic, please contact Jessica Browne to discuss your needs. We’ll do our best to help or provide you with additional resources.

Mind Spa

The Mind Spa is now housed under the umbrella of the Student Wellness Resource Center. Our Counseling Center staff will continue to collaborate and consult with Student Wellness in order to offer support and an array of programs to meet the diverse needs of the University Community.

Suicide Prevention Efforts

Check out our annual spring semester Suicide Prevention Event Fresh Check Day!

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 training’s 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.

Events

The Counseling Center and the Mind Spa host at least two events per semester, typically near mid-terms and finals week. These events are aimed to help students de-stress while engaging in self-care activities. During the Spring 2019 semester, the Counseling Center launched the first ever #UMatter #UMaine event. Check out the videos below to catch a glimpse of what this week long event was all about 🙂

Help us fight stigma!

Learn more about how you can help #EndTheStigma against mental illness at UMaine!

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