A Statement of Support for Those Impacted by Violence at the Universities of Idaho and Virginia

The Jed Foundation (JED) is deeply saddened by news of this week’s tragedies that took the lives of college students at the University of Virginia and the University of Idaho. We extend our sympathies to the friends, families, and communities impacted by these violent acts. Experiencing traumatic events at a young age, directly or indirectly, can have long-lasting effects, including anxiety and distress, as well as compounding mental health problems. At times like these, it’s important to help young people find ways to cope and manage their anxiety. One way to show support in the aftermath of traumatic events is to demonstrate how they will be prevented in the future, such as advancing firearm safety legislation and establishing a commitment to promote safe learning environments nationwide, which must include the protection of both physical and mental well-being of students.

Students struggling to cope in the aftermath of a traumatic event can speak to a trained counselor by calling 988 or texting START to 741-741.

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If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.

If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.