Data for Researchers


Data for Researchers

We welcome the use of our data by others interested in college student mental health. Data are available in 2 formats: (1) the interactive data interface, and (2) data sets.

Interactive data interface (http://data.healthymindsnetwork.org/): The interactive data interface is an online database, which houses survey data from the Healthy Minds Study and the Healthy Bodies Study. The interface allows users to explore data quickly and with ease. Instructions for using the data interface can be found here.

National data reports: Every year, the Healthy Minds Study produces an aggregate, national data report using data from all participating institutions in that given year. This report contains means, frequencies, proportions, counts, and graphs related to key HMS measures. These reports are free and available to the public. 

Please feel free to view and download the currently available data reports, below:

Data sets: Anyone, including students, may request the Healthy Minds Study data by completing the following steps. Note that our data sets never contain individual identifiers. School names are also de-identified, unless you have an absolute necessity for obtaining school names (view the Data Request Form in Step 3 for further information).

Step 1: Review the HMS Questionnaire for your desired year for data, below. For those using data from 2007 - 2012, review the comprehensive codebook found here. It may also be helpful to review publications from the Healthy Minds Study; a complete list of publications can be found here.

Step 2: Review, fill-out, and sign our Data Use Agreement. Signing this agreement is standard for all outside researchers wishing to obtain University of Michigan affiliated studies' data. This specific agreement has been tailored to the needs of the Healthy Minds Study. 

To fill out this agreement, you will need to include at least the following 6 pieces of information: 

  1. Your name 
  2. Your role and organizational affiliation 
  3. Your primary research purpose for using the data
  4. Whether or not you will be requesting an un-blinded data set 
    • (i.e., a data set that includes names of participating institutions--such requests require additional justification, and are subject to additional review)

*Note: You may need to have a contract official at your university or organization sign the Data Use Agreement on your behalf. Please consult your IRB, Legal Counsel, or other institutional official.

Step 3: Submit this Data Request Form. You will need the information listed in Step 2, as well as your signed Data Use Agreement.

In addition to the information required in Step 2, you will need the following information to fill out this Request Form:

  1. The year(s) from which you would like data
  2. Your preferred data format
    • (e.g., Stata (.dta) or SPSS (.sav))

We collect the information in the Data Request Form for 3 main reasons: (1) to ensure secure and ethical use of our data, (2) to facilitate collaboration or at least discussion among researchers with similar interests, and (3) to learn more about how our data sets can be useful.

Healthy Minds Study Questionnaires: