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.

Support Your Teen/Young Adult

Looking to support your teen or young adult? Find tips and tools to help you recognize when they may be struggling, start a conversation, and provide the support they need.

Support JED

Looking to amplify the impact? Share JED resources with your friends, followers, and loved ones with the social resources below, or donate to support our vital work.

Key Resources

You Are Here

You Are Here is an experience from JED and our partners at PINK offering tips, practices, and resources for navigating transitions like back to school with intention, connecting with your authentic self, pressing pause when you need to, and embracing your next chapter.

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NAMI and JED’s Mental Health Guide to College

Find expert advice for college students on everything from creating healthy relationships to taking care of your emotional health and staying safe on campus in this easy-to-follow, information-packed guide.

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8 Ways to Lower Stress in High School

You can’t control what teachers you get, the time school starts, or even the fact that attending school is legally required, but you have the power to prioritize taking care of yourself. Here are easy, effective ways to do it.

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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.

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What Students Are Saying About Back to School

Follow us on TikTok to find videos from students sharing how they support their mental health and tackle challenges during the back-to-school season. If you feel stressed, anxious, or isolated, know you are not alone and these videos can inspire you to tackle the new school year.

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Seize the Awkward

Get connected with Seize the Awkward, a JED campaign developed in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Ad Council. Find tools—from conversation guides to tips—that can help you talk with friends about mental health.

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Share on socials

Share these on your social channels to help your friends and loved ones find helpful back-to-school resources.

Sample social text:

  • This year’s #BacktoSchool season is a critical time to support the emotional well-being and mental health of teens and young adults. Follow @JedFoundation for resources, tools, and tips. For more resources visit: jedfoundation.org/bts2022
  • It’s #BacktoSchool season 📚 We’re proud to partner with @JedFoundation and share helpful resources, because #MentalHealthMatters. Visit jedfoundation.org/bts2022 to learn more.
  • Let’s get #SchoolReady  🌟 @JedFoundation has created resources and tips to support the well-being and mental health of teens and young adults this #BacktoSchool. For more resources visit: jedfoundation.org/bts2022

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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.