Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health
The Healthy Minds Study
The Healthy Minds Study (HMS)
HMS is an annual web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students. Since its national launch in 2007, HMS has been fielded at over 150 colleges and universities, with over 175,000 survey respondents.
HMS is now enrolling schools for the 2017-2018 academic year. HMS is available for implementation at all types of higher and post-secondary institutions, including U.S. and international four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges.
HMS is one of the only annual surveys of college and university populations that focuses exclusively on mental health and related issues, allowing for substantial detail in this area. The study has a special emphasis on understanding service utilization and help-seeking behavior, including factors such as stigma, knowledge, and the role of peers and other potential gatekeepers. The study also allows colleges and universities to examine how mental health symptoms predict academic outcomes (GPA and retention), which is translated into an economic case for mental health services and programs.