Tiered Levels of Campus Engagement

All campus events and opportunities for engagement sponsored by Counseling & Wellness are intended to promote wellness of heart, mind and body among Samford students. Educational events are designed to foster understanding, personal development, growth and healing. Our office utilizes five different levels of engagement in addressing mental health and wellness to meet the diverse needs and accessibility of our student population. In addition to individual counseling, we also facilitate support groups, workshops, wellness cadres and seminars to raise awareness about mental health issues on campus. Contact Lyndsay Cogdill Clark at lncogdil@samford.edu with questions.

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars are free, campus-wide, one-time events. Workshops are 6-8 week topic-driven therapeutic studies led by community experts/professionals, to take a more in depth approach with a given wellness-related issue in a semester. Because of this, workshops are closed groups once they begin, and a $75 fee is charged at the time of registration.

Support Groups

Support Groups are open, weekly groups, facilitated by members of the Counseling & Wellness staff and develop each semester as need dictates. You can attend groups as able each week, no registration needed. If you have interest in a group on a particular topic, and it is not available on campus at the time of a request, Counseling & Wellness will assist in trying to locate one in the community.

Anxiety Support

Meeting location: tbd (on campus)
Facilitated by Counseling & Wellness Staff

Anxiety affects us all to varying degrees.  Find support and help manage these uncomfortable symptoms with peers who can relate.  Each semester this group focuses on relevant coping strategies. Contact counseling@samford.edu with questions.

One in 4 college students has a diagnosable illness, with the most common disorders being anxiety and depression. Of that 25% facing mental health difficulties, more than 70% have experienced a mental health crisis while on campus.

Mission Harbor Behavioral Health (2020). Leaning on Support Groups for Mental Health. Retrieved from https://sbtreatment.com/college-mental-health/support-groups

LGBTQ+ Support Group

Meeting Location: DBH 201
Facilitated by Counseling & Wellness Staff/Lyndsay Clark

This group exists to offer mental health support to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Come find a space where you can share in confidence, access resources, and cultivate community that helps you thrive during your time at Samford. Contact lncogdil@samford.edu with questions.

LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (2016). Retrieved from www.thetrevorproject.org

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group

"Substance abuse does not discriminate. No one, regardless of whether they come from a good family or have a high GPA, is immune to drug abuse. There is no ‘type’ of drug addict, as substance abuse can affect anyone"

Find a Local Gathering Al-Anon for Family & Friends


Eating Disorder Support Group

"Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness" Smink, F. E., van Hoeken, D., & Hoek, H. W. (2012).

Find Local Recovery Support

Epidemiology of eating disorders: Incidence, prevalence and mortality rates. Current Psychiatry Reports,14(4), 406-414


Cadres are 8-week discussion groups that focus on a particular topic or book organized through the Office of Spiritual Life and listed online each semester under Banner. Counseling & Wellness facilitates and advertises various wellness-focused options that integrate mental and spiritual well-being. For more details, questions, or registration interests contact the Office of Spiritual Life. Log into Banner and go to the "Spiritual Life" tab for this semester's offerings.

Show Your VOICE [Seek His Peace]: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Fall 2020)

Rich Yoakum, Teresa Prince, Kendra Buckley
Thursdays @ 10am, DBH

According to the American College Health Association (2020), stress and anxiety were the most commonly reported issues affecting performance for undergraduates. 36.4% of undergraduate students reported stress, 26.4% reported anxiety, and 19.4% reported depression as negatively impacting performance in class. For 8 weeks we will seek to see the world behind these numbers by interacting and having dialogue with you via pictures and other relevant ideas. These can be drawings, paintings, or photos! Your creativity will help prompt the topic and dialogue each week.

It is Well: Exploring 8 components of holistic wellness (Fall 2020)

Lyndsay Clark
Thursday, 10 am, DBH 201

This cadre will be discussion and practice driven. Each week we will explore an area of life that is directly correlated with our overall sense of health and wellness as human beings. Throughout the weeks we gather, 8 components of holistic wellness will be explored so that students have a greater understanding of how to cultivate their own balanced wellness. Additionally, this cadre seeks to broaden student understanding of factors that contribute to other's sense of well-being, or the lack thereof. The 8 components include: Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Environmental, Physical, Financial, Vocation/Occupation, Academic.