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Mission Statement

A campus-wide initiative encompassing all program, services and trainings promoting mental wellness. Providing 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), Validate, Appreciate, Refer trainings (VAR), and mental health first aid trainings.

Yes there are! Auburn University has organizations such as Active Minds, The Dream Team, NAMI, Aubie EDA, and Be Well Hut that you can be involved with.

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

Moose is a 10-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever. He was trained by Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences as an explosive detection dog. 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. 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.

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

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.

20%

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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.

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Last modified: 09/13/2019