About Us

The Outreach Arm of the Counseling Center

UMatter is an initiative funded by a grant awarded to Chico State by the California Mental Health Services Administration in 2013 using funds from California state Proposition 63. This start-up program is designed to eliminate negative stigmas and to promote healthy student interaction and positive mental health practices.

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This program aims to:

  • increase awareness about how mental health and mental illness impacts our students.    
  • decrease the stigma that prevents students from accessing help.
  • increase bystander intervention if students, staff, or faculty see a student in distress.

UMatter comprises a team of psychologists, staff, and interns from all grade levels and various majors. Contributing expertise ranges from psychology, to business, to biology, and everything in between.

Program services include presentations on mental health topics to classes and other groups, contributing to events with an array of tabling and activities, and partnering with other on campus organizations to promote and social justice among all of California State University, Chico. UMatter staff and interns actively work on expanding our background of research and program development. We build an online collection of various resources through our social media program. Most visibly, we are working on a deep collection of presentations and events for use throughout the school year.

UMatter loves to collaborate with our campus partners to promote positive mental health practices.  Please reach out if you are interested in us joining you at your event, or collaborating with us to create something exciting for our students.