Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being

Groups

The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being offers mental health support and skills groups for MTU students. Check out the group descriptions to find out about the groups and how to participate.
All groups are held via Zoom, unless otherwise stated.

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Quarantine/Isolation Group

Quarantine Group

Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.
This group provides support for students who are currently quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19. The group will provide connection and support as well as help connect students with resources if needed. Contact counseling@mtu.edu for more information.

Self Improvement Groups

Emotional Well-being

Mondays at 6 p.m.
The goal of this group is to develop skills that will build a healthy mindset and work toward building healthy relationships with others. The group will focus on learning techniques and strategies related to communication, assertiveness, healthy boundaries and what it means to be confident. Practice is required within the group and outside of group to meet maximum benefit. Contact Kerri Gilbertson (kbmayra@mtu.edu) for more information.

The Art of Self-Compassion

Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Are you your own worst critic? Sometimes we are kind to others, but not to ourselves. Learn how to love yourself even when you don’t do as well as you had hoped. Build your capacity for resilience and compassion while understanding that you don’t have to be doing better than everyone else to feel good about yourself. Being more self-compassionate can lead to greater happiness, higher motivation, better relationships, and less anxiety and depression. Contact Sarah Woodruff (smwoodru@mtu.edu) for more information.

Stress and Anxiety Groups

Anxiety and Stress Management

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
This group focuses on strategies to manage anxiety with specific focus on the cognitive aspects that contribute to anxiety problems. Contact Crystal McLeod at cpmcleod@mtu.edu for more info.

Academic Stress Support Group

Mondays at 2 p.m.
This group will provide support for students who are struggling with academics. The group will focus on skill building and academic success. Contact Dayna Browning at dmbrowni@mtu.edu for more information.

Support Groups

Graduate Student Support Group

Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

This group will provide support for graduate students. Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu or Anna McClatchy at ajmcclat@mtu.edu for more information.

Grief and Loss Support

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
This group is a safe place for individuals to talk and learn how to find a “new normal” after a death or loss in their life with others who face a similar challenge. Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu for more information.

Transgender Support Group

Group time TBD, contact counselor for information.
This is a discussion-based group for all trans students who are seeking additional support and resources as they face the challenges of identifying as a member of the transgender community in a university setting. Contact counseling@mtu.edu or Amy Howard at alhoward@mtu.edu for information on joining the group.
Individuals must be referred by their counselor or request to join the group by contacting the facilitator listed above.

Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Group time TBD, contact counselor for information.
This group aims to provide a safe place to gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing a similar circumstance. The goals of this group include understanding mental illness and the stigma associated with it, addressing and coping with the personal anxiety associated with developing a mental illness and reducing the overall stigma surrounding mental illness on a personal level. Contact Kerri Gilbertson at kbmayra@mtu.edu for information on joining the group.

Individuals must be referred by their counselor or request to join the group by contacting the facilitator listed above.

Specialized Skill Groups

Managing Depression

Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
This is a group intended to provide a supportive environment for students living with depression. During weekly meetings, students will discuss experiences and facilitate skill development to help them better manage their depressive symptoms and improve engagement in academics, interpersonal relationships and self-care. Contact Sarah Woodruff at smwoodru@mtu.edu for more information.

Reduce your Use

Wednesdays at 4 p.m. (starting Feb. 10)
This group is for students who would like to explore how to feel more in control of their drug and alcohol use. Gain information and support for making healthier decisions around certain harmful behaviors or consequences relating to drugs and alcohol. Contact Lisa Meyer at lmeyer@mtu.edu for more information.

Special Interest Groups

Chat & Chill

Fridays from 3–5 p.m.
We used to be the board game group. Then COVID... Now, we just chat and chill, and someday, we hope to meet in person again. For now, the goal is to relax, meet new friends, and have some fun at the end of a long week of classes. Feel free to turn your cameras off or on, talk or just listen, and you never have to say or do anything you're not comfortable with! Come chill with us!! All are welcome! Email Eric Arundel at emarunde@mtu.edu for more information.

Zoom Link: https://michigantech.zoom.us/ j/89302224483

Mindful Mondays

Mondays at 4 p.m.
Familiar with mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and/or breathing practices? Join us weekly or drop in occasionally for a 15-20 minute guided meditation and the opportunity to chat with others about mindfulness. Be sure to check out our Mindful Living workshops too! Contact Dayna Browning (dmbrowni@mtu.edu) for more info.