The Stress and Depression Questionnaire

| September 3, 2020
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Note: this post was updated in January 2024 with new access info.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that young adults are experiencing increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, and suicidal thoughts as a result of COVID-19 related restrictions and stressors.

In response to the current pandemic, as well as requests by Johns Hopkins students and learners for expanded online mental health resources, the Johns Hopkins Suicide Prevention Awareness, Response and Coordination (JH-SPARC) team is pleased to announce that the Stress and Depression Questionnaire will continue to be available throughout the 2020–2021 academic year. 

The Stress and Depression Questionnaire is a confidential, convenient, and safe way to find out how stress and depression may be affecting you, and to learn more about available mental health resources at Johns Hopkins and in the community. 

In collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide PreventionJohns Hopkins first offered the Stress and Depression Questionnaire to students and learners in fall 2018. Since then, more than 5,800 JHU students and learners completed questionnaires and reflected on how their mental health may be affecting them. 1,335 members of that cohort exchanged messages with a Johns Hopkins counselor through the questionnaire’s site. Notably, more than 400 people who were not already receiving mental health care requested an appointment with a counselor as a result of their interactions with the questionnaire. 

Here’s how it works: After submitting your anonymous and confidential questionnaire, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, you will receive personalized feedback within 24 to 48 hours from a Johns Hopkins counselor. You will also have the option to anonymously exchange messages with a counselor to discuss available services and options for treatment. 

All Johns Hopkins students and learners will receive an email with information on how to access this resource sometime this year. The questionnaire is also available at any time via the links below. 

We hope you make use of this free, accessible, and effective resource. Stress and depression are common experiences, and there are many sources of help available to you at Johns Hopkins.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to email me at [email protected]. 

Stress and Depression Questionnaire Access By School 

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (Undergraduates and Graduates) 
  • Whiting School of Engineering (Undergraduates and Graduates) 
  • Peabody Institute (Undergraduate and Graduates) 
  • School of Education 
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Students 
  • Advanced Academic Programs
  • Carey Business School
  • School of Advanced International Studies
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health 

  • Medical Residents and Clinical Fellows 
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellows