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.

Operation Recreation

Campus Rec is offering different videos every two weeks on Mindful Monday, Workout Wednesday, and Fit Friday.  

TeleFUN DeStress Zoom Sessions with SCPS

Student Counseling and Psychological Services is hosting Zoom self care activities every day of the week during Auburn’s time online. Check out the daily activities!

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

Recent Articles


Students at more than one hundred US colleges and universities are preparing to transition to online learning following notices from their schools that in-person courses are ending – either temporarily or for the foreseeable future – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of a school closure on campuses and students often goes beyond academics: we need to be aware of and prepared to cope with the potential impact these closures will have on the mental health. READ MORE


Less three months ago, the term “social distancing” didn’t exist in the way it does today. Less than two months ago, if you would have told us that we would be encouraged to stay in our homes for weeks on end because of a life-threatening pandemic and that every event, outing in the community, and classes as we know them at the university would completely change, we would have never believed you. It feels as though the nation has come to an unthinkable halt.

Staying at home in comfy clothing all day honestly sounds like a nice break from the everyday routine and having to dress appropriately for class/work/internships/other commitments. That is, until we start to consider those who do not have safe living conditions as a result of domestic violence. READ MORE


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: 04/17/2020