MINDSTRONG is an evidence-based cognitive skills-building program launched by The Ohio State University College of Nursing with a goal of improving resiliency and self-protective factors for the overall well-being of college students, faculty, and staff. As we continue to learn, understand and develop strategies to ensure optimal health and well-being for our community, you may be feeling anxious and stressed about the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to help you cope with the stress and anxiety during this challenging time, MINDSTRONG is being offered virtually to all faculty, staff and students at Ohio State starting Monday, May 4. This is a seven-week program, and sections are available for students and for faculty/staff. When registering, you will be prompted to select a day/time of the week that works best for you and your schedule to engage in the program.

The aim of the seven weekly sessions are to improve overall mental and physical health and support positive adaptation to stress, anxiety and depression. The sessions provide in-between practice to establish and support the positive behavior patterns and are in a manualized format.

The MINDSTRONG program approaches well-being and mental health in two ways, providing preventive techniques and proven methods for those who have anxiety and depressive symptomatology. There are 16 research studies supporting positive findings in lowering depression, anxiety, and stress among those with elevated symptoms.

The MINDSTRONG program emphasizes consistent evidence-based interventions and healthy lifestyle behavior for preventive lifestyle modifications to improve mental and physical well-being.

For additional COVID-19 coping resources, please check out our website and for more information on the MINDSTRONG program, please reach out to us at mindstrong@osu.edu.