Life Skills Groups

The UMaine Counseling Center is proud to offer Life Skills Groups for students.

  1. Suicide Prevention
  2. One Night Stands & The Mental Health Impacts
  3. The Body Project: Eating Disorder Awareness
  4. Managing Emotional Labor When in a Student Leadership Role
  5. Working with Students in Distress

 If you are interested in scheduling a workshop please contact Jessica Browne.


Suicide Prevention Workshop for Students using the S.A.L.T. Model:
S.A.L.T. suicide prevention model focuses on using simple suicide prevention strategies.
SEE the warning signs
ASK about suicide intent
LISTEN to the person
TELL or TAKE the person to the appropriate help
In this workshop you will learn about:
  • What to do when you are concerned for a friend or yourself (the see/ask/listen/tell model),
  • Explore why connectedness is so important as a protective factor
  • Challenge myths about suicide
  • Discuss the impact of suicide loss
  • Arm yourself with resources for a safer community

Gatekeeper Training

This workshop is focused on suicide prevention where participants will learn of current statistics related to suicide, challenge myths, discuss stigma as well as the basics of interpersonal theory of suicide.

Workshops are typically 60-90 minutes and typically includes role plays. You can count on learning various important life skills through the process such as :

  • Understand the mental health status/climate of students at UMaine and nationally
  • Learn to recognize early signs of depression and suicide
  • Develop more comfort and skill in talking about depression and suicide
  • Explore our fears related to intervening and being direct
  • Learn the helpful “do’s” and “dont’s”
  • Practice making interventions and referrals
  • Learn more about the resources on campus
The Body Project: Eating Disorder Awareness
The Body Project an intensive nationally recognized seminar aimed at understanding and healing broken relationships with our bodies.

One Night Stand: The Mental Health Impacts

Understanding the dynamics of hook-up culture (consensual non-relationship sex) including “the Who, What, Where, Why & When”.
  • Cultivate awareness of any potential “rewards” we are seeking in hooking up,
  • Understand the mental health impacts when our needs are not met
  • How to “prepare” and “repair” in hook-up culture

Managing Boundaries and Emotional Labor in a Leadership Role

We use a lot of energy trying to manage our own emotions and thoughts when we are sitting with someone in distress- this can leave us feeling worn out and overwhelmed because our energy banks are drained. Emotional labor can be thought of as any task that takes from a person’s emotional, mental, or energetic tank. We know students who hold a leadership role on campus may find themselves overwhelmed. Often times the leadership role comes with the multiple responsibilities as well as the need to manage dual roles in relationships that maybe confusing.

Workshops are typically 60-90 minutes. You can count on learning various important life skills through the process such as :

  • Learn about boundary setting and non-negotiable’s
  • Learn how to attune to your own needs
  • Learn how to develop personal awareness
  • Learn about compassion fatigue, burn out
  • Learn how to know when to intervene and when to refer the student out
  • Resources on campus available to support the staff and the student
  • Discuss the importance of self-care & community care

Working with Students in Distress

Have you found yourself uncertain of how to respond when a friend or fellow student shares they are depressed, maybe anxious and/or have thoughts of suicide? Or have you ever wanted to help a friend or fellow student and didn’t know what to do?  Do you find that people seek you out for advice and support? This seminar-style workshop focuses on development of helping skills such as active listening, reflecting, handling a crisis, setting healthy boundaries, understanding the difference between private and confidential reporting and increasing one’s understanding of the nuances of talking with a person who is overwhelmed, may feel hopeless and has thoughts of suicide or thoughts or harming others.

This is a valuable experience for those in leadership positions or those who are interested in helping others.  You will have the opportunity to learn effective ways to connect with people who may be experiencing distress and effectively support and assist individuals who may otherwise not reach out for help.

Workshops are typically 60-90 minutes and typically includes role plays. You can count on learning various important life skills through the process such as :

  • Active listening
  • Assertive Communication
  • Boundary Setting
  • Importance of Cultural Humility and Empathy
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Self Care and Self Compassion
  • Community Care
  • Responding and Referral