Mental health resources to assist in your work toward protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults.
Whether you are a national/international headquarters staff or volunteer, undergraduate member, campus-based professional, alumni, or volunteer advisor, we thank you for being invested in the mental health and wellness of fraternity and sorority members. We recognize fraternal organizations may benefit from assistance in addressing mental health and suicide prevention within their organizations. We are glad to be here as a resource in the mission to help protect the emotional health of your members. Provided for you on this page is information about why this is important to this population of students, along with programs, resources, trainings, and campaigns, that The Jed Foundation can offer to you, and information on how your members can support JED.
What is The Jed Foundation?
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.
Why is this important for fraternities and sororities?
Fraternities and sororities have the opportunity to train and educate their staff, volunteers, and undergraduate students in order to help prevent mental health tragedies. Aside from regional and national conferences, there are opportunities to educate locally during the new member or intake process, during informational meetings, and even as part of the continuing educational initiatives.
It’s important to note that reducing harm while creating supportive environments is part of this education. JED can assist organizations on a local and national level in evaluating what they are offering to their members and identifying actions that can be taken to promote mental health and reduce risks for substance misuse and suicide.
JED Programs, Resources, and Campaigns
Below you’ll find some FREE mental health resources to assist in your work to protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults.
JED’s Mental Health Resource Center, which provides information and resources to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges.
Seize the Awkward is a campaign which gives young adults the tools and specific language they need to feel confident embracing critical moments like “awkward silences” in a way that could have a life-saving impact. The campaign provides young adults with a variety of resources including tutorial videos, information on suicide warning signs, conversation starters, and tips on how to sustain a conversation around mental health. Please also check out the campus toolkit and consider ways you can bring this program to your organization and campus!
The Equity in Mental Health Framework provides academic institutions with a set of ten actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies to help strengthen their activities and programs to address the mental health disparities facing students of color.
Proud and Thriving Framework for LGBTQ+ students. It has been well documented that LGBTQ+ high school and college students experience an elevated risk for negative outcomes due to health and academic factors such as substance misuse, depression, suicidal ideation, academic and co-curricular disengagement, and attrition as compared to non-LGBTQ+ peers. Research confirms that Black LGBTQ+ youth face an especially high risk for decreased mental health, with 47% seriously considering suicide in the past 12 months compared to 42% of all LGBTQ+ youth.* The global pandemic resulted in many students staying or returning home, and has been particularly stressful for LGBTQ+ youth, nearly half of whom report that their families don’t support or know about their gender or sexual identity.* JED’s work is dedicated to ensuring all teens and young adults have the mental health support they need.
JED Campus is a comprehensive program that is designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program, and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance use prevention, and suicide prevention efforts. Your organization may want to advocate for your school to partner with JED to bring this program to your campus.
A Call to Strengthen Men’s Mental Health. As the spotlight on the importance of individuals, communities, and systems to prioritize mental health continues to grow, it is critical to acknowledge that men face unique challenges. The basic facts surrounding men’s mental health are alarming, particularly when juxtaposed with women’s mental health. The Jed Foundation (JED) looks forward to working with champions and changemakers to drive awareness, amplify recommended practices, and promote evidence-based interventions and resources to bolster men’s mental health. Together, we can build a culture where healthier and happier young men can contribute to stronger families, schools, workplaces, and communities.
The self-evaluator is a screening tool which allows students to self-assess their risk in four different areas: depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and substance use. Students then receive feedback and suggestions on utilizing self-care and seeking professional help if necessary. There are also articles/resources about mental health and wellness on the site. Students can use the general site or your school or organization can register for a more tailored site.
Due to current circumstances and increased need for mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, JED is now offering a short-term contract for a customized site tailored towards the needs of your community. For more information and to express interest in having a customized site built for your organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“You Can Help” Trainings
JED has created two training modules, one for undergraduate members and one for headquarters staff/volunteers and advisors who work directly with the membership, to assist with identifying and supporting those who may be struggling with a mental health challenge and refer them to professional help if needed. Accompanying each of these presentations are discussion guides as well as assessment tools you can use to measure learning outcomes for your audiences.
The cost* for a customized “You Can Help A Brother/Sister/Sibling” training is:
- Tier 1 = $1,000 (Organizations with under 1,000 active undergraduate members, and/or under 10 chapters inter/nationally, and/or a completely volunteer-based staff or 2 or less paid staff for an inter/national headquarters)
- Tier 2 = $1,500 (Organizations with between 1,001 and 5,000 active undergraduate members, between 11 and 50 chapters inter/nationally, and/or between 3-10 paid staff members for an inter/national headquarters)
- Tier 3 = $2,000 (Organizations with between 5,001 and 15,000 active undergraduate members, between 51 and 200 chapters inter/nationally, and/or between 11-15 paid staff members for an inter/national headquarters)
- Tier 4 = $2,500 (Organizations with more than 15,001 active undergraduate members, and/or more than 201 chapters inter/nationally, and/or more than 16 or more paid staff for an inter/national headquarters)
For example, if Fraternity Alpha Beta Delta has just under 10k members, 130 active chapters/colonies, and 26 staff members (numbers may be slightly off due to current trends), they would fall in the Tier 3 at $2,000.
*To note: While not all groups will fit neatly into a Tier, these are to be used as suggested categories. Our goal is to get this material into the hands of as many members as possible and are willing to work with you to determine an affordable cost for your organization.
The fee for headquarters staff/volunteers and advisors who work directly with the membership to download and utilize these trainings is generally $1,500, however if being purchased in conjunction with the “You Can Help A Brother/Sister/Sibling” training, it will be discounted.
If you would like more information about having a customized training program created for your organization or to have a representative from JED to facilitate either of these programs, contact Thea Zunick, Ed.D, Manager of Community Engagement, email@example.com.
If your organization experiences a student death by suicide, a member of our team can be available to consult. To learn more, visit the JED Advising Services page.
Fundraising for JED
Service and philanthropy is at the core of what fraternities and sororities do. While there are many ways to support The Jed Foundation, fundraising is a very helpful way to do so. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, communities are teaming up to make a difference to ensure that our mental health and suicide prevention education remains affordable and far reaching to those who need it most. There are two main ways to fundraise through events for JED: by participating in our peer-to-peer virtual fundraising campaign, Everyone Summits, or by creating your own event through our DIY fundraising program. For more information on fundraising for JED, you can reach out to Thea Zunick, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you’re doing to spread mental health awareness and education to your colleagues, chapters, and fraternity/sorority communities.