Back to School: "You Are Here"

On a map, these three words locate you and help you plan your next steps. They are also a powerful intention to be just where you are, open to what is to come. 

This year, teens and young adults say they’re stressed and anxious. Nearly half of high school students have persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Over 40% of college students report depression, and one in three report anxiety.

And it’s no wonder. The uncertainty, isolation, and losses of the pandemic, coupled with political and cultural conflict and violence, have made a dent in all of our emotional well-being.

That’s why this back-to-school season, JED is focused on helping high school and college students center themselves in the midst of these forces, identify their hopes and intentions, and map out an emotionally strong start to the year.

For Students

Ready to plan for a school year that feels good to you? Find easy-to-use expert advice, resources, and tips for taking care of yourself as you head back to school.

For Schools and Educators

Ready to create a community of care for your students? Find easy-to-implement, expert advice on supporting struggling students, creating connections, and fostering well-being all year long.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.

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.

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