Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health

Participate in our Survey Studies

HMN is now enrolling colleges and universities for survey data collection during the 2019-2020 school year. The enhanced Healthy Minds Study (HMS) is available for implementation at all types of post-secondary institutions, including U.S. and international four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges. By enrolling your institution in HMS, you are joining a group of colleges and universities dedicated to understanding and addressing issues related to students’ mental health through scientifically rigorous research. The ultimate goal is that HMS data can be used to inform policy and practice on college and university campuses. If you have not already done so, we hope you will join us in our efforts to achieve this goal by enrolling your campus in HMS.

Table of Contents

Overview of participation process

How to enroll your campus

Review our questionnaire

Sampling approach

Participation fees

Additional research opportunities

The Participation Process

We have created a detailed guide that is intended to make your participation in the study as easy and rewarding as possible. The guide provides an overview of HMS and explains each step from enrollment to data collection, highlights specific tasks at each step, as well as provides a general timeline that we will follow together to ensure a smooth participation experience.

Please review the 2019-2020 Participation Guide and Research Design Protocol below to acquaint yourself with HMS.

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed in this guide, or would simply prefer to learn about participation from one our research team members, please contact us at and we will be happy to set up a phone call and/or answer questions via email.

Further information on the requirements and benefits of HMS can be found in our online enrollment form, below.

Campus Enrollment

Ready to enroll your college or university? Please complete our brief, online, preliminary interest form. This form is by no means a finalized commitment of your participation. Rather, the purpose of the interest form is to collect basic information that will help us facilitate a smooth participation process. Once you submit the form, a member of our research team will contact you directly to discuss next steps. You may also reach out to us at any time at

Once your participation in HMS is confirmed, our research team will email the primary contact at your institutions a link to an individualized, online HMS Qualtrics Enrollment Form. The Enrollment Form will serve as a step-by-step guide to enrolling and on-boarding your school in HMS for the given academic year. The primary contact will be able to upload all items needed for HMS directly to their enrollment form. HMS study coordinators can assist the primary contact with any items along the way.

The Survey

For schools electing in the Standard HMS version, campuses now customize the survey by choosing 1 elective module in addition to the 3 standard modules that all campuses cover (see Menu of Survey Modules below). If a campus wishes to choose additional elective modules, they may provide us with a larger sample of students (typically 8,000 or more students). For a small additional fee (see Participation Fees below), campuses may add up to 10 custom items to the survey. Our research team is experienced in survey design methodology and can provide guidance as needed in the creation of custom items.

Pricing and availability of additional options may vary for other HMS versions (see The Participation Process above, and Participation Fees below).

The 2019-20 questionnaires are available below:

Menu of Survey Modules

Standard Modules

  • Demographics
  • Mental Health Status
  • Mental Health Service Utilization/Help-Seeking

Elective Modules

  • Substance Use
  • Sleep
  • Eating and Body Image
  • Sexual Assault
  • Overall Health
  • Knowledge and Attitudes about Mental Health and Mental Health Services
  • Upstander/Bystander Behaviors
  • Mental Health Climate
  • Climate for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Competition
  • Resilience and Coping
  • Persistence and Retention
  • Financial Stress
  • Attitudes about Mobile Resources


Our sampling approach is designed to yield statistically accurate estimates for key measures in the study. HMS can be administered on any campus, regardless of student body size (we have fielded the survey at schools with fewer than 1,000 students and at schools with more than 50,000 students). At institutions with more than 4,000 students, our typical approach is to select a random sample of 4,000 students from the full student population and invite these students to participate in the survey. A sample of 4,000 is generally sufficient for obtaining precise, representative estimates of key measures such as the prevalence of mental health symptoms and service use. At institutions with fewer than 4,000 students, our approach is to invite the full student population to participate. When available, we typically include both undergraduate and graduate students in the sample. The expected response rate is approximately 25%.

While most schools follow the typical sampling approach, we are happy to accommodate special requests when possible. For example, if, for any number of reasons, there is a specific sub-population of particular importance to your campus (e.g., international students, law school students, etc.), we can over-sample these students.

Additionally, some schools (typically those with at least 8,000 students) choose to administer the survey to 2 or more separate samples of 4,000 students each; in this case, campuses may choose different elective modules for each survey in addition to the 3 standard modules.

In general, our goal is to facilitate research that will help inform programs and policies on campus. To this end, we make every effort to be flexible with regard to sampling and data collection.

Participation Fees

Participating in HMS is a short-term cost for a long-term gain, providing colleges and universities with the data needed to improve student well-being. All participation fees support the work of the Healthy Minds Network and our efforts to improve campus-based mental health research and practice.

The links below are to tables that show the breakdown of participation fees for HMS. The fees are based on institutional size and type (except for surveys pertaining to CCMH or JED Campus Program, which have fixed discounted fees regardless of institutional size):

*HMS-JED participation is included in your school’s JED Campus fee

Additional Research Opportunities

Based on our experience conducting the survey on over 180 campuses over the past 10 years, we’ve developed several additional research opportunities.

First, in order to examine changes over time, we offer a longitudinal (or repeated measures) option, whereby we conduct the survey 2 or more times with the same sample of students. This allows for the examination of changes in mental health and other factors within individuals.

Second, in order to examine how mental health symptoms predict academic outcomes (GPA and retention), we offer an option to link student survey data with academic records. For example, we can help you link your HMS survey data with grades and persistence/retention, to see how mental health predicts academic outcomes.

Please contact us ( for more information about these additional research opportunities and the associated fees.