FAQs about the rollout of the Mental Health Tracker (formerly the Check In Survey) to screen & treat UCLA students for depression & anxiety

October 2, 2017

Background About the Check In Survey

On September 14, 2017, Chancellor Gene Block announced that UCLA launched the first-ever campus wide mental health screening program conducted at a university. The mental health screening referred to as the “Check In Survey”—is part of the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC), the campus-wide commitment to understand, prevent and treat depression.

With a specific emphasis on targeting the nearly 10,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students, the entire student body is invited to complete the Check In Survey.  Those students found to be experiencing or at risk for experiencing depression or anxiety are being offered a treatment intervention consistent with their need, including an invitation to enroll in a free, eight-week cognitive behavioral treatment program with the option of receiving additional support based on the symptom severity.

The campus is engaging in a number of strategies throughout the year to raise awareness for and encourage students to take the Check In Survey.

Other campuses and communities are watching UCLA to see if this model might be applied in their systems.

Connection of the Check In Survey to the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC)

The rollout of the Student Check In Survey marks a new phase in the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC), which has brought together more than 100 researchers from more than 25 academic departments—and growing—to fulfill the ultimate goal of cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050 and eliminating it by the end of the century.

To Learn More About the Check In Survey & FAQs

Read more at UCLA Newsroom.

Students interested in completing the survey should visit the participant screening. Please email DGCResiliencePeerNetwork@mednet.ucla.edu for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
What is the point of the Check In Survey?

The survey is being used to assess students’ risk for depression or anxiety. Concurrently, it determines a student’s eligibility for current research studies being conducted. This survey has already helped the campus identify a significant number of students in need of immediate help and routed them for treatment.

Am I eligible to take the Check In Survey?

Anyone who is a current UCLA student (graduate or undergraduate) may complete the survey. Eligibility to participate in research studies is limited to students 18 years of age or older.

Besides learning about my health, do I get anything for completing the Check In Survey?

Yes. Students who complete the Check In Survey will be entered into various raffle drawings that occur throughout the year. These prizes include weekly awards of $75 Ralphs Gift Cards and a special grand prize each quarter.

Is this required of all students?

No. This survey is not required of all students but it is a resource along with corresponding treatment being offered to all students.

I noticed that I couldn’t log in. What do I do?

Please contact DGCResiliencePeerNetwork@mednet.ucla.edu.

Can I be entered into the drawing without taking the Check In Survey?

Yes. To enter the drawing without participating in the survey, you must call (310) 825-2171.

Is this part of my medical record?

Taking the survey is not part of your medical record but if you are referred for treatment offered through a UCLA health system clinic then care offered will become part of your medical record.

Can I take the survey more than once?

Yes. Please note that at this time you will need to contact DGCResiliencePeerNetwork@mednet.ucla.edu to be able to do so.

How does this fit into the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC)?

A key component of the DGC is the Innovative Treatment Network (ITN). The ITN is designed to identify and deliver personalized and appropriate treatment for people suffering from depression and/or anxiety. When students who take the Check In Survey are found to be requiring services for being depressed or at risk for depression they are routed for such services through a new Innovative Treatment Network Research Clinic, which is within the ITN. In essence the study that accompanies the Check In Survey is validating both the survey and this more scalable model of treatment.

Note: As of September 2018, the Check In Survey has undergone a rebranding and is now referred to as the “Mental Health Tracker”. For more information, please visit https://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression/approach/student-study/.