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Vanderbilt has arranged for students to have free access to Headspace – an award-winning, research-backed digital tool for mindful living with over 1,200+ hours of themed meditations, sleep content, mindful movement exercises, and focus music. With over 75+ research collaborations and 26 published studies as the mindfulness digital intervention of choice, Headspace has been shown to reduce stress, improve focus, increase resilience and happiness. Enroll in Vanderbilt’s program here. Once you’ve completed enrollment, download Headspace and login to begin your mindfulness journey.

My Student Support Program (My SSP)

Picture of My SSP mobile app.

My Student Support Program (My SSP) is a free, 24/7 confidential support program for students designated by the Registrar’s Office as remote-study students who are living outside of the state of Tennessee or abroad. My SSP provides free access to confidential counseling services, as well as a variety of wellbeing resources, including articles, assessments, and virtual fitness sessions. Real-time support is available by phone and live chat (no appointment needed!), and students may also schedule video appointments. My SSP counselors are available who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, and English. For other language preferences, students may request an appointment with a counselor who speaks their preferred language depending on availability. Students living outside of the state of TN or abroad can connect with MySSP by downloading the “My SSP” app from their device’s app store, calling 1-866-743-7732 (US calls) or 001-416-380-6579 (international calls), or by visiting International calling charges will apply unless you either call via Wi-Fi, or opt to “call collect” by finding the collect call service for the country in which you are located, and request to make a collect call to 001-416-380-6579. My SSP will accept the collect call charges.


Student using the SilverCloud mobile app.

SilverCloud is an online mental health platform that offers programs to build resilience, help manage anxiety or depression, and help develop skills to manage stress and develop good sleep hygiene. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and positive psychology, these action-oriented programs build self-awareness and self-management skills for emotional health.

SilverCloud is available to students on the Student Health Insurance Plan. To get started, please visit and choose Vanderbilt University from the drop-down list.

Please note, to confirm your eligibility, you will need to use your Vanderbilt-issued .edu email address. This service is confidential and your e-mail address will not be used outside of the SilverCloud platform. If you have questions about using SilverCloud, please email Elizabeth Boyd at

Vanderbilt Meditation Tracks

Part 1: Heather Boyd, LCSW; Vanderbilt University Counseling Center 

Part 2: Heather Boyd, LCSW; Vanderbilt University Counseling Center 


The below apps can be downloaded to your mobile device to help you prioritize, manage, and implement strategies to enhance your wellbeing. Search for and download the apps on Google Play (for Android) or through the Apple App Store. Some applications may also be accessed using your web browser.

NameDescription AndroidApple
A Friend Asks Offers warning signs of suicidal ideation and tips for getting help for a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. YesYes
Breathe2RelaxProvides instruction and guidance on breathing for stress management, mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety.YesYes
Apple Health Highlights four categories: Activity, Sleep, Mindfulness, and Nutrition. Health suggests great apps from each category to get you going, and the Today view shows all your stats at a glance to help you stay on track. No Yes
CalmHelps to bring clarity, joy, and peace to your life with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs and relaxing music.YesYes
AnxietyCoachMayo Clinic Anxiety Coach is a comprehensive self-help tool for reducing a wide variety of fears and worries from extreme shyness to obsessions and compulsions. Anxiety Coach helps you make a list of feared activities and then guides you through mastering them one by one. Through this experience you can increase your confidence as you become less fearful and worried.YesYes
Happify A self-guided app that aims to increase positive emotions through exercises and games supported by positive psychology and mindfulness.YesYes
HeadspaceUnique daily guided meditations to help reduce anxiety and stressYesYes
MealboardHelps plan health meals, grocery lists, and recipes based on what you have in the fridge.YesYes
MindShift Designed to help young adults cope with anxiety, including test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, worry, panic, and conflictYesYes
Mood ToolsProvides tools based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to manage depression and low mood YesYes
NudgeHelps you track all of your health habits and syncs with other devices and wearables. YesYes
PacificaProvides instruction on deep breathing, behavioral exercises, identifying cognitive distortions to help cope with anxiety, mood disorders, and stressYesYes
Panic ReliefHelps individuals manage and move through panic attacks using relaxation techniques. YesYes
PTSD CoachFrom the National Center for PTSD, helps individuals learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after a trauma. YesYes
RxmindMePrescription reminder with many different categories of alerts. NoYes
Saying When Helps you cut back or quit drinking by monitoring your blood alcohol level and when and how much you drink. YesYes
SanvelloHealth and wellness app used to support stress, anxiety, and depression.YesYes
WiseDrinkingHelps you cut back or quit drinking by monitoring when and how much you have had too much to drink and by providing guidance around safe drinking.YesYes
Zombies, Run!Zombie-motivated running app. YesYes