Mind Matters

Mind Matters is a nationally recognized model for improving the inner and physical well-being of students by providing vital behavioral health services, resources, and basic needs. 

We care
about you

To promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning, interaction, and engagement, President William A. Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino created the Mind Matters initiative in 2014. Mind Matters helps you navigate the demands of academic excellence, family responsibilities, and jobs.

Basic Needs

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COVID-19 Support Resources

Learn about University and community resources that can provide help with remote learning, emergency housing, financial support, mental health services, and more. Our goal is for you to receive the services you need to continue to progress toward your degree.

Well-Being Classrooms

The new Well-Being Classrooms in Salazar Hall offer space for classes to meet that integrates well-being into the learning environment. The rooms feature a living moss wall, comfortable seating, specialized lighting and air systems, and ample natural light.

Mind Matters Programs

Students at booths during Well-Being Wednesday

Well-Being Wednesdays

Well-Being Wednesdays encourage a culture of compassion and caring with Welly the Mind Matters mascot and Student Health Advisory Committee volunteers on the Main Walkway.

We Care, I Care Let's Talk button on a wood table

Mental Health First Aid

More than 700 faculty, staff and students have been certified in Mental Health First Aid, learning skills necessary to identify and assist those in need of mental health resources.

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Mind Matters Roundtables

More than 3,000 students have participated in roundtables, learning about the connection between well-being and academic success and developing action plans to improve quality of life on campus.


Mind Matters Champion award winners with President Covino and First Lady Covino
Mind Matters Champion award winners with President Covino and First Lady Covino

Mind Matters Champions honored at Cal State LA

Cal State LA President William A. Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino celebrated outstanding contributions to well-being across the university during the third annual Mind Matters Champion awards presentation.

Relaxation Station

Three students napping in nap pods

Relax and Recharge

Take a rest between studying and classes at the Mind Matters Relaxation Station in the University-Student Union.

Student Videos


Find advice, resources, programs and events to help improve your well-being.