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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

This is a new initiative to address mental health and wellness. 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 COVID-19

A Sound Mind has generated resources for students, faculty, and staff to aid in taking care of their mental wellness during social distancing for COVID-19.

Mental Health Awareness Festival

The Auburn University Theater Department is hosting their very first Mental Health Awareness Festival from November 12th to 15th with events via Zoom every day.  Check out their website for more information: https://sites.google.com/view/mentalhealthaf/home

Mental Wealth Week 2020

  • November 2nd–Men in Mental Health Monday.

Join us on our Instagram Page as we feature an IFC takeover! These Auburn men will be talking about men in mental health and how important their voice is to help change the conversation!

  • November 3rd–Election Day.

Our Mental Wealth Week will take a pause from activities to encourage students to go out and vote! Click the link in our Instagram bio to find your polling place!

  • November 4th–Midweek Mindfulness.

Take an afternoon break and come to Cater Lawn for yoga at 4:30pm! Yoga will be led by a campus rec instructor as we promote body positivity and self-love with PERIOD. Space is limited so please RSVP on AU Involve and be sure to fill out the wavier attached. Please bring your own mat or towel and have your green screen ready to show. Masks will also be required to enter the event and can only be removed when the instructor allows.

  • November 5th–T-shirt Thursday.

To end our week, we will be handing out FREE t-shirts, provided by SGA! Stop by the Haley concourse to get yours! Supplies are limited and shirts are first come first serve.

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

Recent Articles

covid am article

After months of stay-at-home orders, social disconnection, and remote learning challenges, many of you put your hope in a safe, meaningful, in-person college experience. You did what you needed to do so that you could live out what you were told would be the best years of your life. You applied for your loans. Paid your tuition. Signed your housing contract. You bought your books, school supplies, and meal plans.

Then, you were asked to do more.

Self-quarantine for two weeks before moving to campus. Self-quarantine for the first two weeks on campus. Avoid travel outside of your city until the end of the semester. Wear face masks, take your temperature and report symptoms daily. Be socially distant but don’t isolate yourself; don’t be lonely but don’t socialize. Pack a “go” bag your roommate can bring to you in case you are quarantined. Fight against a natural desire for connection and community on campus and go along with the sacrifices you are paying for.

Oh and if it goes wrong, it’s probably you who will be blamed. All while you shoulder the burdens of increased housing insecurity, food insecurity, and financial struggles; and increased depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among your peers nationwide.

We want you to know: we see you. This is difficult, and unfair.

READ MORE HERE

washington post

THE NEW CORONAVIRUS that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 has upended countless lives, and college students are no exception. But the additional stress placed on students has left some struggling to manage their mental health during home quarantines, social distancing and missed milestones like graduation.

One in five college students say their mental health has significantly worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an April survey of more than 2,000 students conducted by the nonprofit Active Minds. While mental health experts and researchers don’t yet know the full extent of the virus’s impact on the mental health of college-age students, some fear the population may be at high risk.

READ MORE HERE

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Human beings like certainty.  We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us.  When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed.  This very reaction, while there to protect us, can cause all sorts of havoc when there is a sense of uncertainty and conflicting information around us READ MORE.

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Last modified: 10/27/2020