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UMS values employees and recognizes that from time to time personal problems can affect our ability to perform at our jobs. UMS provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit to help employees and families cope with challenging times.



The EAP is a free, voluntary and confidential service. It provides employees, retirees and their household members with assessments, consultations and referrals. The EAP is designed to assist you in dealing with a wide variety of personal concerns, such as:

  • Emotional distress
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Stress
  • Depresson
  • Marital problems
  • Job worries
  • Family matters
  • Childcare issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Legal concerns
  • Work/Life services
  • Violence and domestic violence


Contact the CIGNA EAP

All other university employees participate in the CIGNA EAP.
Call CIGNA at 1-877-622-4327

Employer ID = ums

EAP counseling services are provided for up to six sessions. If a referral for additional services or treatment is necessary, EAP counselors will help employees locate services that are convenient, appropriate and affordable. Counselors are licensed health care professionals including psychologists, clinical social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Consider calling the EAP when:

  • You have a problem that you worry about all day long.
  • You feel you need help coping with a situation, but you don’t know where to turn.
  • You find your family life, friendships, health or work are affected.
  • You keep thinking that a problem will go away, but it doesn’t.
  • You need to talk with someone who can assist you.

EAP appointments can be made during or outside of work hours. Most supervisors provide release time for EAP appointments. For confidentiality purposes, you may treat your EAP appointment the same as a medical appointment.


Events & Happenings





Intuitive Eating Lunch n' Learn

Monday, November 24th, 2014 at Noon in RSC 218 

Would you like to begin the process of attaining and maintaining a healthy weight without dieting?  In this 60-minute session, we will explore how to become an intuitive eater.  We will discuss why it is important to honor your body’s hunger and fullness cues throughout the day. We will also do activities around the “food rules” that might get in the way of truly enjoying the eating experience, as well as come up with strategies to challenge emotional eating.  Venus Gilley, Health Coach for the University of Maine System, will be hosting this lunch n' learn.

Sponsored by the Wellness Committee

FMI & to RSVP: jennifer.laney@maine.edu.



Sexual Violence Prevention Lunch n' Learn

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at Noon in the RSC Honors Lounge 

Come on up to the Fireplace Lounge in the Randall Student Center for some free lunch! and to learn about what sexual assault really looks like, methods used by perpetrators, and resources for survivors. Session facilitated by Kathleen Paradis - Community Educator from the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center.
Sponsored by the SGA, Wellness Committee, & Office of Student Life

FMI: Renee Grant, renee.grant@maine.edu, RSC 204, 621-3374







Flu Shots

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in RSC 218 

FMI:  Bev Gill at 621-3182 or Leslie Ellis at 621-3104.



Bystander Intervention Lunch n' Learn

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at Noon in the RSC Fireplace Lounge

Eights students, faculty, and staff attended this session in the Fireplace lounge 

FMI: Renee Grant, renee.grant@maine.edu, RSC 204, 621-3374



It's Yoga Time
Monday, November 10th, 2014 from 11:45-1 in the Fireplace Lounge

Eights students, faculty, and staff participated in yoga with Nicole Caruso!
FMI: Rose Pelletier, Rosep@maine.edu. RSC 204, 621-3442



Holidays on a Budget Lunch n' Learn

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at Noon in the RSC Honors Lounge

Fourteen participants enjoyed lunch while learning about money saving tips to find bargains, planning free and fun activities, and making the most of  holiday traditions.  Presented by Jean Dempster from Women, Work & Community.

FMI:  Renee Grant, renee.grant@maine.edu, RSC 204, 621-3374



Check Your Bumps for Lumps Breast Cancer Awareness Walks

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 

The UMA Wellness Committee held their first annual Breast Cancer Awareness walk! 32 students, faculty, and staff participated in at least one of the three awareness walks!  FMI: Rose Pelletier- rosep@maine.edu, 621-3442.


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Got Clothes? Fitness Clothing Swap


Monday & Tuesday, October 27 & 28, 2014

More than 20 students, faculty, and staff participated in the fitness clothing swap at the fitness center!  FMI: jennifer.laney@maine.edu 621-3422

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The University of Maine at Augusta is committed to promoting and enhancing the wellness of its faculty and staff by creating a campus culture that provides opportunities, activities and services that encourage healthy lifestyle choices.


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