By Hilarie Fotter, School Psychology Doctoral Student
Welcome new and returning USM students, staff and faculty! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating summer and we join you in the excitement of gearing-up for another school year. University Health and Counseling Services endeavors to act as a resource for the entire USM community: students, staff and faculty alike. With that in mind, we wanted to make you all aware of the services that are offered to students.
For Health Services, visit the health clinic in either our new Portland location (basement of Sullivan Gym) or on the Gorham campus (156 Upton Hall). Staffed by nurse practitioners, a medical assistant, and administrative support staff, the health team delivers a consistently student-focused quality of care. We are equipped to deal with many medical issues and questions and can coordinate care with a student’s primary care physician or subspecialist when needed. Health Services are open weekdays in Gorham from 8-4:30 and in Portland on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8-4:30. To schedule an appointment, call 780-5411 for Gorham and 780-4701 for Portland.
For Mental Health Services, students can make an appointment to talk with a USM mental health counselor for mental health support and/or consultation by calling 780-4050. The Counseling Center offers comprehensive psychological services to the students of USM. The staff of the Counseling Center is comprised of a diverse group of licensed psychologists, licensed clinical counselors, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a multicultural counselor and graduate interns and trainees. Counseling services are available on the Portland (105 Payson Smith Hall) and Gorham (156 Upton Hall) campuses, and at LAC on Thursdays and Mondays when classes are in session.
On September 6, 2018, USM Health Services in Portland will celebrate a grand opening at its new location in the lower level of Sullivan Gym. We hope you can join us at the Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 6. Even though we are not co-located with Counseling Services at that location, we will continue to function as an integrated program with Counseling and work closely with them to comprehensively address students’ health and mental health needs.
Regardless of your health or mental health issue/need, take a moment to consider if making an appointment with University Health and Counseling Services is right for you. Many of our students continue to see their primary care providers and/or therapists when they are home, and use University Health and Counseling Services when they are living and studying at USM. Please remember us and when the need arises, we’ll be here to help!