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Healthy minds survey improves wellness center expierence

by Tori Takacs

Following the recent partnership with the JED Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the mental health of teens and young adults, UT will conduct a study of its students. The Healthy Minds UT survey was emailed to students in their spartan emails on Monday, Oct. 8. The survey will be open for three weeks and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

The survey was sent out in hopes of helping JED and UT to better understand the minds of students and the type of counseling they actually need. Healthy Minds is completely anonymous and voluntary, but student participation is a necessity for the program to work. When the program comes to an end, a second study will be sent out similar to the first. It will be used to determine if and how much things have changed over the last four years.

The study will consist of questions regarding many aspects of student wellness. Mental health status, coping strategies, campus culture and how often students seek professional help are just a few of the topics to be covered. Student persistence and retention will also be a topic inside the survey.

The JED and UT partnership was created in order to prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults –– unintentional injuries, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning and suicide. UT will assess and enhance the policies, programming, services and outreach aimed at supporting students’ emotional well being and preventing suicide and substance abuse.

The National College Health Assessment said, “More than half of college students experienced ‘overwhelming anxiety’ at some point in the past year, 32 percent of college students reported feeling ‘so depressed that it was difficult to function’ and eight percent reported seriously considering suicide.”

UT is the first college university in Florida to partner with JED Campus. With over 9,200 students from 50 states and 132 countries, UT is searching for a way to provide for all of its diverse students.

The Healthy Minds survey was first launched in 2007 with the intention of examining the minds of students and their mental health. Since the initial release, the study has been used at over 180 schools and has had over 200,000 survey participants.

Tori Takacs can be reached at tori.takacs@spartans.ut.edu

 

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