HEALTHY MINDS NETWORK
Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health

What's New at the Healthy Minds Network

[09.11.2020] The Healthy Minds Network, JED Foundation, and Active Minds have collaborated to release a toolkit to support data-driven advocacy for enhancing mental health support on campus. Feel free to check out the link below to help your efforts. 

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit

[7.9.2020]The Impact of COVID-19 on College Student Well-Being

The Healthy Minds Network, which runs the Healthy Minds Study (HMS), in collaboration with the American College Health Association, which runs the National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA), developed a new set of survey items related to students’ experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new items focused on students’ attitudes, concerns, preventive behaviors, and their perceived supportiveness of college and universities related to COVID-19. These items were fielded to random samples of college students on participating campuses across the United States between March and May 2020.

Click here to view the report in full: HMN+ACHA COVID-19 Report 2020

Follow this link to view the current COVID-19 survey questions-HMN |ACHA COVID-19 Survey Questions. These questions were designed as an elective module, and may be included in your institution’s iteration of HMS  in addition to the 3 core modules.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, HMN is working with experts and health officials to revise and refine the COVID-19 module so that it may be most relevant and timely for students in the Fall and Spring. If your campus has any questions,  suggestions or recommendations for additional measures to include in the COVID-19 module for Fall 2020, please contact hms-coordination@umich.edu.

New article Examining Help-Seeking Intentions of African American College Students Diagnosed with Depression uses data from the Healthy Minds Study. 

Abstract: A depressed African American emerging adult’s intention to seek help can be affected by the severity of their mental health or perception of self-flourishing, or positive mental health.  Using the Healthy Minds Study, a nationally representative dataset, utilization of mental health services among African American emerging adult students who have been diagnosed with depression by a health professional (n=201), and the mediating effect of positive mental health on help-seeking intentions were examined.  The findings revealed that 89.45% of students reported help-seeking intentions, and they may have one or more than one way of seeking help from a professional clinician, roommate or friend, or significant [other].  The findings show that there are specific groups of people that African Americans prefer to engage with when addressing their mental health.  It is critical that we consider these groups when developing interventions or programs for their service access on college campuses and beyond.

[5.11.2020] The Role of Faculty in Campus Mental Health — Survey interest form

The Role of Faculty in Campus Mental Health, a new collaborative research project between Boston University School of Public Health, the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, seeks to better understand how faculty are addressing student behavioral health issues. 

Launching in fall 2020, this first-of-its-kind survey will examine faculty perceptions and beliefs as they pertain to student behavioral health, and identify challenges and opportunities that exist with respect to recognizing and responding to student needs. The survey will capture disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including distance learning and presumed higher levels of anxiety and isolation. This online survey, developed with input from a national panel of experts, is completely confidential and will take no longer than 10 minutes for faculty to complete. 

Please follow link link to complete a preliminary interest form. 

Enroll in HMS now for the 2020-2021 academic year!

We are currently enrolling colleges and universities for the 2019-2021 academic year. Our national, web-based survey welcomes all institutions to join. There is no fee or limit on the size of your sample — if desired, you may sample your entire campus! If you are interested in beginning the HMS enrollment process or learning more, please fill out our brief HMS Preliminary Interest form or email us at hms-coordination@umich.edu.