Research and Campus Assessments

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit on Mental Health Data & Statistics, 2020 (PDF/1.32 Megabytes)
From the Healthy Minds Network, in partnership with Active Minds and The Jed Foundation comes this toolkit. Designed to be used by students, the toolkit was created to aid and empower students so they may advocate for campus-wide policy, systems, and environmental changes to enhance behavioral health and well-being.

Learning More About Suicide Through Research, 2017 (video series/opens new window)
Filmed during the 2017 International Summit on Suicide Research, co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the International Academy of Suicide Research, these videos feature some of the world's leading suicide prevention researchers. The AFSP encourages you to watch, download, and share on social media in order to help spread the word that through research, we can #StopSuicide.

Suicide Among College and University Students in the United States, 2014 (PDF/.43 Megabytes)
This document summarizes the data available on suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths among students. It also describes the risk and protective factors that are common among college and university students.

New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students: Shifting the Paradigm, 2009 (PDF/.272 Megabytes)
This article presents data on the nature of suicidal crises in college students. Data collected from over 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students at 70 colleges and universities via an anonymous web-based survey provided insight into the full spectrum of suicidal thought, intent, and action among college students. The authors discuss implications of these data and outline a problem-focused paradigm for conceptualizing the problem of college student suicidality and for guiding institutional policies and interventions at multiple points along the continuum of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

The WHO World Mental Health International College Student (WMH-ICS) Initiative (opens new window)
Designed to provide epidemiological data for treatment needs in substance use disorders, behavioral disorders, and mental health for students of higher education worldwide, this annual survey is conducted to determine the prevalence of these conditions, help-seeking patterns, adverse consequences, and treatment barriers.

Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors: Director Surveys (opens new window)
Provided by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, these publicly available surveys are available starting from 2007 to the present. The surveys were developed in 2006 as a method for growing the unbiased understanding of critical aspects in the functioning of counseling centers at institutions of higher education.

Center for Collegiate Mental Health (opens new window)
The Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) is a multi-disciplinary, member-driven, Practice-Research-Network (PRN) focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information on the mental health of today's college students. CCMH strives to connect practice, research, and technology to benefit students, mental health providers, administrators, researchers, and the public. The collaborative efforts of over 550 college and university counseling centers and supportive organizations have enabled CCMH to build one of the nation's largest databases on college student mental health. CCMH actively develops clinical tools, annual reports (PDF/4.52 Megabytes), and research using this data.

American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (opens new window)
The American College Health Association (ACHA) - National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that can assist colleges and universities in collecting precise data about students' health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. They issue a national assessment report (PDF/1.54 Megabytes) each year from students throughout the United States on topics related to health and well-being, including mental health.

The Healthy Minds Study
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, over 120 campuses across the country have participated in this important research.