Students at Utah State University will soon be able to take an online survey that will help administrators develop a comprehensive strategic plan addressing students’ mental well-being.
“This data will be critical in helping us assess students’ needs, evaluate existing programs, and guide wellness promotion and suicide prevention programming at USU,” said President Noelle E. Cockett. “We hope to gain a better understanding of mental health challenges among our students and about issues related to seeking help.”
The Healthy Minds Network survey will open to students Feb. 12 to March 13. It is open to all students in the USU statewide system 18 and older. Students will receive an email with a unique link to the survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous and confidential.
The Healthy Minds Study is a web-based survey that examines issues among undergraduate and graduate students. It launched in 2007 and has been used more than 300 institutions.
USU’s participation will aid in the Utah System of Higher Education’s efforts to improve college student mental health and well-being across the state. It will also allow USU to gauge well-being over time and to monitor the effectiveness of programming.
The survey is being administered as part of USU’s new partnership with The Jed Foundation, or JED, a nonprofit that works to protect emotional health and prevent suicide. USU is one of eight higher education institutions in Utah working with JED to improve systems, programs, and policies already in place. The Healthy Minds survey results will be used to build a long-term strategy in cooperation with JED.
USU has added the Healthy Minds survey to a regular rotation of student surveys on student well-being. Each spring semester, students will have the opportunity to take it or a survey on sexual misconduct. This is the first year USU will administer the Healthy Minds survey.
Students who take the survey are automatically entered into a national drawing for one of two $500 prizes or one of 10 $100 prizes. The drawing will be conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, which administers the Healthy Minds survey, this summer. Additionally, participants are eligible for a random drawing for prizes available only to students at USU. Prizes include 10 Campus Store gift cards, 10 iTunes gift cards, one Amazon Echo, and 10 movie tickets.
For more information on Healthy Minds Network, visit https://healthymindsnetwork.org.