Back to School 2022: For Schools and Educators

“You Are Here”

On a map, these three words locate you and help you plan your next steps. This back-to-school season, JED is helping students center themselves, identify their hopes and intentions, and map out an emotionally strong start to the year. Schools and educators play a powerful role in that journey, and we want to equip you with easy-to-implement, expert advice on supporting student well-being. Beginning right now, exactly where you are, you can help create a culture of care at your school, on your campus, and in your community.

Teacher helping his student with an assignment on his laptop

Faculty Guide to Supporting Student Mental Health

Faculty’s primary role is to share your knowledge and expertise, but we know students often rely on you for support when they are struggling. This easy-to-use guide provides simple ways to support your students and connect them to help if—or when—they need it.

Text, Talk, Ready Set Go

Text, Talk, Ready Set Go is a free, interactive tool to help college students adjust to their first year. In three 20- to 30-minute sessions, students will build a peer support group and learn self-care strategies through texting and small group discussions. This is a great, easy activity for orientation and during the first semester—University 101 classes, residence hall/floor activities—to support student mental health and equip them with strategies they can use throughout college and beyond.

Three students at a computerCommonLit Lesson Plans

In collaboration with CommonLit, JED produced six online lessons to be shared in classrooms across the country. These comprehensive lessons help your students learn about emotions, self-image, self-care, life skills, help-giving, and resilience.


Two teens studying on a bench

Let’s Talk NYC

The Let’s Talk NYC campaign helps teachers and school staff in New York City become mental health allies for students. It includes teacher training, a downloadable guide, and more so you can be a resource for your students and help them get the support they need.


Bring JED to your High School or Campus

JED is always looking for new schools to support with our JED High School and JED Campus programs. If you’re an educator or administrator who wants to bring JED to your school, we’d love to hear from you.

Looking for student resources? Find easy-to-use expert advice, resources, and tips in our student BACK-TO-SCHOOL hub.  

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