Mind Over Matters

Mind Over Matters Campaign


Mind Over Matters 2020-2021 Campaign


The Mind Over Matters Campaign is an ongoing movement to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellness for students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools. Suggested activities coincide with the various themes broken down by months/quarters. Many are virtual options or could be modified to coincide with remote learning. While the themes are broken down by month/theme, feel free to use the activities when appropriate for your students/staff.


We encourage staff and students to post pictures of themselves engaging in the activities using #BCPSCares on social media.  

Please visit the BCPS Virtual Calming Room to explore tools for managing emotions. 

More details for each theme will be included on the website about a month prior to that designated month(s). See below for a snapshot of the themes and highlighted items for the campaign:

Months and Themes


September – November

Kindness Matters

Goal: To engage students and staff by exploring the importance of being kind to themselves and others. Activities involve:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Out of the Darkness Walk (Oct 10th and 11th virtual)
  • Bullying Awareness
  • Cyberbullying Prevention

December – February

You Matter

Goal: Students and staff will enhance their abilities to cope by identifying their coping skills, exploring their healthy habits, and examining the quality of their relationships. Activities involve:

  • Coping Skills
  • Healthy Lifestyle and Habits
  • Healthy Relationships

March – May

Mental Health Matters

Goal: Mental health impacts how we think, feel, and act. It also impacts the decisions how students and staff make, how we relate to others, and how we handle stress. In these activities we will enhance our tools for social, emotional learning, grief, promote mental wellness, and healthy ways to cope with uncomfortable and unsettling feelings or events. Activities involve:

  • Tools for SEL
  • Grief
  • Healthy Coping Skills


Pride Matters

Goal: For students and staff to recognize the importance of having pride in who they are, appreciating their strengths, and the strengths in others. Activities involve:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Appreciating Others
Pride Matters Activities

Pride Matters Choice Board