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Mission Statement

A campus-wide initiative encompassing all programs, services and trainings promoting mental wellness. 'A Sound Mind' provides students easy access to choose resources based on their individual needs.

Welcome to A Sound Mind

Welcome to A Sound Mind! Through this website, we hope to provide you with easy access to all programs, services and events at Auburn University pertaining to mental health.

I believe in a sound mind, a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid.”

– The Auburn Creed

Special Announcements

Mental and Emotional Self-Care During the Transition Back to Campus

A Sound Mind has generated resources for students, faculty, and staff to aid in taking care of their mental wellness while they transition back to the in-person campus atmosphere.

Also below is the link to Active Minds’s “Life at Your Pace” hub, which provides guidance to students on how to maintain self-care at your own pace post-pandemic operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer Question, Persuade, Refer trainings (QPR) for suicide prevention training,  Validate, Appreciate, Refer trainings (VAR) through our chapter of Active Minds, and both Green Dot and Safe Zone Trainings for violence prevention and working with the LGBT+ Community.

Yes there are! Auburn University has student organizations such as Active Minds, NAMI, Aubie EDA, and Black Women in Mental Health.

We also have Peer Health Educator opportunities through Health Promotion and Wellness Services including the BeWell Hut, Dream Team, and Peer Wellness Coaches.

Auburn offers several options for counseling such as group counseling, individual counseling, etc. Please visit our clinical services page which can be found here.

Peer Wellness Coaching is a weekly opportunity for undergraduate students to work on their healthy living goals.

Peer Wellness Coaching is NOT a clinical mental health service, but is rather a service students can utilize if they want to take an area of their health to a new level.

Using a strength based approach  and based on the Nine Dimensions of Wellness, students can work with an Peer Wellness Coach to set and work towards health goals such as:

  • Self-Care
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Financial Wellness/Literacy
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Social Wellnessand Conflict Management

Dr. Moose is a 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever. He was trained by Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences as an explosive detection dog. Dr. Moose is one of the only two dogs in the world who has been shown to be able to detect a live virus. In collaboration with Student Counseling & Psychological Services, Canine Performance Sciences trained him to be a therapy dog and donated him to SCPS so that he can work with Auburn students. Dr. Moose has passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and his Therapy Dogs International evaluation and is now a registered therapy dog. At SCPS, Moose works with students in individual and group counseling sessions. Additionally, Moose is involved in outreach events on campus. Moose’s therapeutic approach includes mindfulness, warmth, and acceptance without judgment.

Just the passed year, Dr. Moose gained a new colleague at SCPS named Dr. Nessie! Nessie is also involved with counseling sessions and outreach events.

The Zen Den is available to all enrolled Auburn University students. You do not have to be a client at SCPS to utilize the Zen Den.

The Zen Den offers a variety of stress management resources including biofeedback, a robotic massage chair, light therapy (for Seasonal Affective Disorder), and more.

To schedule an orientation session and begin managing your stress in a unique, proactive manner, call Student Counseling & Psychological Services at 334.844.5123.

Wellness Weekly

For Wellness Tips and Tricks written by students for students, check out our new Newsletter, Wellness Weekly!

Wellness Weekly Issue 3

Statistics on Mental Health

31%

of college students have felt so depressed in the past year that it was difficult to function and more than 50% percent have felt overwhelming anxiety, making it hard to succeed academically.

67%

of college students first tell a peer or friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else (Active Minds, 2018)

50%

of us will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. (Active Minds, 2018)

Recent News

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Self-Care in a New Normal
by Anuska Gupta
Great North Neck High School

Self-care looks different for everyone. Some find inner peace by practicing mindfulness, and others enjoy writing their thoughts and feelings in a journal. Regardless of your self-care regimen, we can all agree that the pandemic has changed the way we take care of ourselves. Prior to the pandemic, I would enjoy going out to new restaurants with friends. However, due to restaurants closing and social distancing guidelines, I was not able to meet up with my friends as much as before, so I decided to create a new self-care routine for myself.

READ MORE HERE

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Seeking Mental Health Services
by Laura Horne
Active Minds, Inc.

As the pandemic continues, a recent report from the Healthy Minds Network found that half of students screened positive for depression and/or anxiety in Fall 2020. Many with pre-existing mental health challenges may be experiencing exacerbated symptoms, while others may be struggling with maintaining positive emotional wellbeing for the first time.

If so, they may not be sure if and how to seek help, including what kind of provider they may need, where to begin in looking for a provider, or what questions they should be asking prospective mental health providers. The following tips and recommendations may help:

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Therapy is for Everyone
by TJ Annerino
Former President of Active Minds at Auburn University

“Well it all started when I was born…” I’m pretty sure those are the first words I said to my therapist during my intake appointment. What followed were a lot of tears, a huge sigh of relief and follow-up sessions every two weeks.

Deciding to go to therapy was one of the scariest things I’ve done in my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but I was always the strong friend, the helper, the one whose pride didn’t allow her to show emotion. The idea of baring my soul to a stranger absolutely terrified me. Besides, I didn’t think my problems were that big. In my eyes, I had friends in therapy for real issues like diagnosable mental illnesses or traumatic experiences. I felt like I would just  complain to the therapist for an hour and waste their time.

READ MORE HERE

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Last modified: 07/22/2021