President William A. Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino launched the Mind Matters initiative to provide resources and programs to help students navigate the demands of academic excellence, family responsibilities, and jobs.
The Mind Matters initiative comes at a time when college students nationwide are experiencing high levels of stress, including problems caused by sleep deprivation and anxiety about adjusting to university life. The President and First Lady realize that without mental and physical well-being, there is no academic success.
To help ensure student success, additional counselors were hired for the Student Health Center and the center was renovated to accommodate the additional counseling.
The University hosts numerous events, workshops and activities throughout the year to promote well-being. Students have had visits from therapy dogs during final exams, attended guest lectures, were led through guided meditation in the Reflection Room, received health screening at an event with the Clinton Foundation and the Women’s Heart Alliance, and even participated in the Pokémon GO Health Walk, which incorporates key locations on campus from the popular gaming app.
Mind Matters also produces videos that include information on managing time and stress, and a podcast series on elevating mood and memory. The videos and links to the podcasts can be found on the University’s Mind Matters web page.
The initiative has also increased the number of peer health educators on the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). These volunteers help educate students about health and wellness issues.