Outreach

Current Workshops & Support Groups for Fall 2020

Check out our NEW Virtual Mindful Mondays Workshop Series starting on September 21st 3-4pm!

Email Jessica Browne to sign up and receive zoom link.

Current Virtual Support Groups

I Hate Covid! Now What?   The focus of this virtual group will be on supporting students work through their  feelings and experiences related to the pandemic, such as loneliness, isolation, anxiety, grief, rage, and all the unique and collective ways our lives have been affected. The group is on Thursdays 3-4pm, starting on September 24, 2020. Email Brent Elwood to sign up and receive zoom link. 

RA Support Group- This virtual support group aims to support our student RA’s on the front lines in res life. The group is on Fridays 3-4pm, starting September 25, 2020. Email Liz Toner to sign up and receive zoom link.

LGBTQIA+ Support Group- This will be a returning support group in collaboration with the Rainbow Resource Center. Many LGBTQIA+ individuals experience detrimental mental health issues due to the prejudice and other biases they face. Research suggests that queer people are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and addiction or substance abuse. Without mental health we cannot be healthy. It is our hope that LGBTQIA+ individuals find a safe outlet to discuss these challenges and find a sense of community online. The group is on Thursdays from 3-4pm, starting on October 1, 2020. Email Libbey Walker to sign up and receive zoom link.

Students of Color Support Group- This will be offered as a collaboration with the Multicultural Student Center. The support group aims to offer a safe space to find solidarity, a place to share and support each other as students of color at UMaine. This group is on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. Beginning on October 7, 2020. Contact Frank Wang to sign up and receive the zoom link. 

International Student Support Group- This group will be in collaboration with the Office of International Programs. This group will be on Fridays from 11am-12pm. Email Frank Wang to sign up and receive zoom link

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 increasing college student mental health awareness and 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 are experiencing given Covid 19 and all of the societal upheaval. We aim to offer virtual workshops and support groups focused on fostering connection and promoting social emotional growth and healing.

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

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.

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 while also connecting with others.

Stop by the  Mind Spa (located Outreach at 120 Memorial Union, 1st floor by the ATM) to learn more and check out this semester’s programs! The hours are Mondays through Fridays from 12 pm to 4:00 pm.

For general questions about the Mind Spa, please contact the Coordinator directly Trevor England.

Do you want to schedule a time for Student Wellness to bring the Mobile Mind Spa to your on-campus location? Contact their Graduate Assistant Abby Wiegand.

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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