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 and wellness through prevention, spreading awareness, education and stigma reduction.
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. If you have an idea or need that is not mentioned, please contact the Counseling Center.
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 (in our Outreach Office at 120 Memorial Union, 1st floor by the ATM) to learn more and check out this semester’s programs! Our hours are Mondays through Fridays from 12 pm to 4:00 pm.
Our Mind Spa staff can teach you few simple ways of relaxing and coping with stress using mind-body interventions such as guided meditation and mindful yoga, workshops and presentations focusing on symptom reduction, quality of life improvement and skill development. Our focus is strengths based on topics such as cultivating calm, self compassion, resilience, imperfection & enough, vulnerability, growth through adversity, and gratitude. The Mind Spa also offers biofeedback, creative activities, and sun lamp / light therapy.
Do you want to schedule a time for us to bring our Mobile Mind Spa to your on-campus location? Contact our Graduate Assistant Kayla Goodwin.
Workshops/presentations 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.” 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.
Should you like to have our staff present on a mental health topic, please contact Jessica Browne or Chuck McKay to discuss your needs. We’ll do our best to help or provide you with additional resources.
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 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.
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!