Student Wellness Card Sort for Colleges & High Schools

"In addition to giving students autonomy in their wellness journey, this program elevated staff and faculty's view on how they might encourage and facilitate the well-being of students."

- Kaye Godbey, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Marshall University

Marshall University Case Study

An engaging solution that promotes well-being at both the individual student and campus-wide level.

How it works:

  • Interactive Card Sort Activity:

    Using our simple digital platform, students sort 35 wellness priority cards, each grounded in the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, to help them clarify and articulate their mental health and well-being priorities.

  • Downloadable Workbook:

    Students receive a digital workbook, which guides them through developing a self-care action plan, highlights your school’s wellness resources, and encourages them to reach out for support.

  • Aggregate Data Insights:

    You'll receive aggregate data insights into students' reported wellness priorities, allowing for informed decision making and optimized resource allocation to meet their well-being needs.

  • Proactive Wellness Programming:

    Spend more time doing the health promotion and prevention work you love, by offering your students a proactive, holistic, campus-wide solution that helps improve the well-being of all of your students.

Embedding well-being into your individual department, or across your entire campus.

We'll partner closely with you to better understand your specific needs, and collaborate to establish a simple, smooth, and cost-effective implementation plan that's aligned with your mission, goals, and budget.

Implementation Strategy

Orientation Programming

  • Offer the card sort as an activity for students to do before they arrive on campus, &/or during the first week of school, to get them thinking about their well-being priorities & what they need to succeed as they transition to school.
  • Use as a way to introduce the mental health & wellness resources available on campus.
  • Highlight your school's commitment to helping new students take care of their well-being from day-one.

First Year Experience

  • Include in your FYE curriculum to help normalize prioritizing mental health & well-being.
  • Assign as pre-work & discuss wellness goals and strategies in pairs, small groups, &/or as a class.
  • Help students develop critical life skills & build agency in advocating for their own well-being.
  • Improve well-being literacy on campus.

Peer Mentoring & Education

  • Use as a peer-to-peer mentoring tool for exploring and articulating mental health & well-being needs.
  • Provide as a paired goal-setting activity.
  • Use as a structure for support & accountability to help students following through with their well-being goals.

Wellness Programming

  • Use as a homework assignment & discussion activity for wellness workshops & classes.
  • Use in one-on-one wellness counseling sessions.
  • Offer as a standing resource on your Wellness Services webpage.
  • Encourage students to use the tool during Wellness & Stress Buster Weeks.

Counseling & Advising

  • Offer as part of the intake process to help students prepare for individual or group counseling or advising sessions.
  • Provide as a grounding exercise for students who are feeling overwhelmed or distressed.
  • Use as a guide to help students develop a specific well-being goal and action steps for taking care of their mental health & well-being.

Residential Life Programming

  • Help roommates & dorm communities talk openly with each other about their wellness priorities.
  • Encourage them to support one another in reaching their goals & serve as accountability partners.


  • Provide as a pre-season wellness check-in & goal setting exercise for student athletes.
  • Offer during times of high stress as a grounding & resilience building activity.
  • Use for team-building , group support & accountability.

"The Wellness Card Sort gives us a current snapshot of student wellness priorities. We’re using this information to make strategic decisions about wellness programming to address student needs in the moment."

- Paula Fitzpatrick, Director, Center for Well-Being, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI Case Study

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