Jags Live Well, a student wellness initiative supported by Student Wellness Programs in the Office of the Dean of Students, has further expanded its mental health resources to offer the Headspace meditation app free of charge.
The app normally costs $12.99 per month (or $69.99 annually), and offers over 1,000 hours of mindfulness and sleep content. The app promotes meditation and mindfulness, which can help students enhance cognitive processes like focus and decision-making and minimize emotions like fear and stress.
The Headspace app can provide custom exercises to help students stress less; focus better; decrease mind-wandering; reduce strain and burnout; improve self-compassion; and prepare for exams, presentations and more.
Students can access the free app on the Headspace website.
“As we continue our efforts in creating a culture of wellness on campus, we are thrilled about the benefits students can receive through the use of this app,” said Morgan Davis, the student wellness coordinator at Augusta University.
“The wide variety of content offered by Headspace allows for students to easily find what they need at any time, right from the convenience of their phone. Not only will this improve our students’ experience during their time at AU, but it will also help them learn skills that will be useful for the rest of their lives.”
The Jags Live Well initiative was created to promote a lifestyle of holistic wellness. In late 2020, the focus of the initiative shifted toward mental health, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the University System of Georgia’s Mental Health Initiative.
In addition to the resources already offered at Augusta University, Jags Live Well offers an online wellness hub, a 24/7 support line and after-hours psychiatry support.