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This study expands on a previous randomized controlled trial using the Healthy Minds Program as an intervention to improve well-being. This previous trial provided evidence of the efficacy of the Healthy Minds Program. In that trial, compared to a wait list control group, participants randomized to the Healthy Minds Program showed greater decreases in distress and increases in social connection. With increases in mental health disorders described as a secondary “wave” of the pandemic, we seek to understand whether large-scale interventions such as the Healthy Minds Program may have a protective effect against stress and mental health challenges. We are following up with people who took part in the study previously and conducting surveys to understand their emotional symptoms and whether the program has had an effect after the study has ended in the midst of a major global stressor.