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

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.

Statistics on Mental Health


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.


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


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

Recent News

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If you suffer from anxiety or depression, you might find your mental health affecting different areas of your life when left unchecked. As someone who gets the blues often regardless of the time of year or what’s going on in my life, I’ve found that the key to starting and ending every day on the right foot means relying on a few daily rituals. Read more ->


Sometimes referred to as the “anxious generation,” today’s young people are actually much more likely to talk about mental health than their parents or grandparents. This generation is closer than ever to breaking the stigma around mental illness in a time when only 44 percent of adults—and less than 20 percent of children and adolescents—with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Read More ->

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Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.”  In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread.  An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.

Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.

If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help. Read more ->

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Last modified: 12/13/2019