Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health

HMS2 – Student FAQ Page

Asked to do the HMS2 survey? You might have some questions, and we have the answers.  HMS2 was designed for secondary schools (high schools and boarding schools), and its success depends on gathering the diverse perspectives of students at schools like yours. By participating, you will be providing your school with valuable information that will improve student life and you will be contributing to a broader goal of promoting student well-being.

If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, please email our study team at

Why was I chosen to respond to the survey?

You have been invited to participate in this study to better understand student mental health and well-being. Getting this information from students across the country will help us get diverse perspectives on how students handle the stresses of high school life and how well their mental and emotional health needs are being met.  Your school will also get valuable information to help them make decisions about mental health programs and resources at your school. 

How did you get my information (like name, email, or student ID)?

Your school chose to participate in this study and provided our team with a list of students. This may have included your name, email, and/or student ID. We first received “the okay” from your parent(s) or guardian(s). The first page of the survey will tell you whether your school gave us any other personal information.

Why was my information given to HMN for this study?

Your school is participating in HMS2 to better understand and improve the mental health needs of students at your school. We asked them for a list of students to share the survey with, and you are among those students. Some schools choose students randomly, some schools choose everyone. Your school has determined that they may share this data with our study team, considering federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations. 

Why was I emailed multiple times?

Over the course of the data collection period, students who have not completed the survey may receive a few reminders.

Sometimes, our reminders are sent to students who have completed the survey, but might have a page or two left to click through.  Click on the survey link and be sure that you’ve clicked all the way through the survey. 

How do I remove myself from the mailing list?

To opt out of the survey (and stop receiving emails):

  • Follow the survey link to the assent form and click “No, I do not assent to participate in this study.”
  • Click on the “Opt-Out” link located at the bottom of your HMS2 email.

Is this survey anonymous or confidential?

HMS2 is a confidential survey. The study team will  maintain the privacy of students’ identifying information (like name, email or student ID). This differs from an anonymous survey, in which no identifying information is collected, and it is impossible to know who has taken the survey and who has not.

Read more at (bottom of page 2) and (blue box, right side of page).

This survey is confidential. However, HMN is required by law to notify the relevant authorities if someone were to express that they may harm themselves or someone else. 

How is my confidentiality protected?

This survey was designed to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

  • Your answers to the survey will be stored in a file that is separate from personally identifying information like your name, email, and student ID.
  • The data from this study, without any identifiable information, is stored in a secure digital location by the research team for future research purposes.
  • Any reports or articles written about this survey will describe student’s  answers as a whole, and will not contain any information that could allow someone to identify you.
  • Participating institutions will receive a de-identified data set and will not be given access to individually identifiable survey data. We will also leave out any sports team affiliation or country of origin that you may have indicated. This helps make sure that no one at your school can look at the de-identified data set and guess who you are by “connecting-the-dots”.

Who should participate in this study?

We would love to have all students at your school participate in this voluntary study. We welcome a diverse perspective!  Sometimes, schools choose to survey some, but not all, of their students.

The survey link in the email doesn’t work; how can I access my survey?

Please try copying and pasting your link into a new window of your current web-browser or use a different web-browser altogether.

Will I get money for taking this survey?

No, but your school may offer prizes; if so, you will be notified in the consent form.

If I want to receive help for my mental health, what resources are available to me?

  • If any questions or messages in the survey concern you, we encourage you to reach out to a trusted adult at school or at home. 
  • Administrators and staff at your school have been prepared to hear about students’ concerns with their survey results as well as the survey itself
  • Your school’s counseling center contact information is listed at the top of every page of your survey.
  • Mental health resources at your school are listed at the end of your survey.
  • You can also reach out to the study team and we can provide you this list of mental health resources at your school directly.
  • We’re happy to put you in touch with the primary contact of this study at your school if you would like to speak with someone directly about any questions/concerns you have.

I have a suggestion/question for your survey; how can I submit my feedback to the study team?

Can I change some of my answers to the survey I already submitted?

No–to maintain the validity of our survey design, we do not allow for editing of responses that have already been submitted.

I’ve already taken this survey; why do I keep receiving emails about this study?

There are a few possibilities:

  • You may not have completely finished the survey. Sometimes it’s as simple as clicking “continue” or “submit” on what might have appeared to be the last page.
  • You may be confusing this survey with a different survey from your school.
  • You may have taken this survey in the past, and your school just wants your input again.If you still think you should not have received an email, email the HMS2 team at, and we will clear it up.

I accidentally did not assent to the survey, but I want to participate; can I have a new link?

No, unfortunately not. The same method we use to protect your confidentiality also prevents us from finding and resending a survey link to you. We apologize for the inconvenience, and greatly appreciate your interest in participating!