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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Food and Housing Security

Meeting the basic needs of students is vital for ensuring overall well-being and academic success. Learn about University resources that provide food, emergency housing and financial support.

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

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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.

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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.


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Student smiling outside
Mind Matters social media campaign wins Gold Telly Award

The Mind Matters initiative was recognized for excellence in social media by the nationally renowned Telly Awards for a video campaign to reduce the stigma around conversations about mental health among college students.

Relaxation Station

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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.

Upcoming event

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Speaker Series: Sociologist Julie M. Albright

Join us for a talk and book signing for the author's new book, Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream, on Oct 8.