Peter LeViness is the director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

The University of Richmond is conducting a confidential, campus-wide survey about student health and well-being, called the Healthy Minds Study. Every full-time, degree-seeking student at Richmond was sent multiple emails to their Richmond addresses asking them to participate in this confidential online study.

The purpose of this study is to better understand student mental health and related issues (e.g., sleep habits, use of alcohol and other drugs, experiences of sexual assault, etc.) and sources of support.

The Healthy Minds Study was designed specifically for colleges and universities, and its success depends on gathering the diverse perspectives of students across campus – therefore your participation is key.

Richmond has done three previous Healthy Minds Study surveys: in 2009, 2011, and 2013, always in early spring semester. This particular version of the survey includes a streamlined set of mental health related questions, a sexual assault “climate” survey, and persistence and retention questions.

If we get a high enough response rate, the data will be extremely valuable to multiple offices and departments at Richmond.

By participating, you will be providing the University of Richmond with valuable information that will improve student life.

The online survey takes about 20 minutes to complete – a perfect study break! Plus you will be entered into a sweepstakes for one of multiple prizes totaling $2,000. If you have not yet completed the survey, or opted out, you will receive two more reminders about it before the survey closes in early February.

Thank you for considering this important study!

Contact Peter LeViness at plevines@richmond.edu with any questions you might have.

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