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The Healthy Minds Study and the Virginia Healthy Minds Coalition

The Healthy Minds Study is a national on-line survey of college student mental health. It was introduced in 2007 by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, in partnership with the Survey Sciences Group. To date, about 300 campuses across the country have participated in this important research. 

The Healthy Minds Study:

  • Examines a variety of mental health issues among college students, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, disordered eating, substance use, self-injury and social support.
  • Provides data on help-seeking behavior and barriers to help-seeking, 
  • Informs planning of mental health policy, wellness education, campus-based mental health care and crisis intervention,
  • Examines the dynamics between mental health and other factors, such as academic performance and substance use,
  • Supports the development and evaluation of programs to promote wellness, teach early identification strategies and encourage help-seeking.

Some key findings to date:

  • Less than 50% of students with mental health problems receive treatment.
  • Mental health and treatment use vary significantly across campuses, although not across types of campus.
  • Although stigma is important, there are other key barriers to help-seeking.
  • Student mental health predicts GPA as well as the likelihood of dropping out.
  • About 25% of students come to campus with a mental health diagnosis.
  • About half of all students are "Flourishing".

Learn More at Healthy Minds Network.org (opens new window)

The Virginia Coalition:  In 2009, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University launched a study of "Campus Mental Health in the Commonwealth."  Thanks to financial support from VDH, the following Virginia campuses have participated in the Virginia Coalition.

2017

  • James Madison University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Radford University
  • Randolph-Macon College

2013

  • James Madison University
  • The University of Virginia
  • Emory and Henry College
  • The University of Richmond
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College

2011

  • James Madison University
  • The University of Richmond
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Liberty University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Roanoke College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • George Mason University

2009

  • George Mason University
  • Bridgewater College
  • The University of Virginia
  • Shenandoah University
  • Liberty University
  • James Madison University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • The University of Richmond

For information on the Virginia Healthy Minds Coalition, contact:
Jane Wiggins, Ph.D.
Program Director
The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia
wigginjr@jmu.edu ✉
540-568-8901 ☏

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