Higher Education Resources

Making the transition from high school to college can be emotionally difficult for many young people.

Leaving home for the first time, living in a new city or state, and having to manage their own schedule may be a challenging experience for a student. In addition, they may struggle to make new friends and build the life skills they need to succeed. JED has developed programs and resources to help students have a healthy and positive college experience while preserving their mental health.

Helpful Resources for Educators

JED's Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities

JED believes in a comprehensive public health approach to promoting mental health and preventing suicide. This evidence-based model can be used to assess efforts currently being made on campus, identifying existing strengths and areas for improvement.

United Educators and JED Partner to Support Student Mental Health

JED is excited to partner with United Educators, a reciprocal risk retention group serving K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, to increase support for student mental health. Eligible United Educators members can earn an insurance renewal premium credit by launching one of JED’s three comprehensive programs to protect student mental health and reduce substance misuse and suicide risk in high schools, colleges, and universities.

Campus Screening Opportunities

Through partnerships with several organizations and production companies, JED offers opportunities for campus screenings of powerful films that explore real-life stories of struggle and eventual healing.

Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Teams

A project partnership with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), this guide was created to support existing and new campus teams, helping them make informed decisions about their structure, scope, functions, and day-to-day operations in terms of mental health and well-being on campus.

College Suicide Prevention Through the Creation of Communities of Care

This peer-reviewed paper, published by the National Academy of Medicine, touches on new insights from the JED Campus Program, and offers concrete approaches that colleges should implement to support their young people.

HEMHA College Counseling from a Distance Guide

With the rise of technology and distance education, there’s been an increase in student requests for services delivered through technology and from a distance. In partnership with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), this guide was designed to aid mental health professionals who serve college students, as well as higher education administrators, in engaging in dialogue about the benefits, limitations, and concerns around collegiate telemental health services in order to best understand if, when, and to whom these services should be provided.

Campus Mental Health Action Planning Guide

When young people are connected early to support and treatment, most mental health problems can be successfully managed, with symptoms reduced or even eliminated. This guide, a collaborative effort between JED and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and part of the Campus Mental Health Action Planning (CampusMHAP) program, was designed to provide campuses with a step-by-step process for designing a plan
to promote the mental health of all students and get help for students who are stressed, struggling, or distressed.

Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings

This comprehensive whitepaper was developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It includes data and statistics on all aspects of college suicide prevention and mental health, as well as prevention strategies, crisis management, screening and more.

Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student

Seeing a need for a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to managing acutely distressed or suicidal students, JED held a roundtable discussion with senior college administrators, college counselors and other mental health practitioners, and attorneys specializing in college issues to find out their recommendations. The result is this comprehensive framework, which provides college or university communities with a list of protocols and practices relating to the management of students in acute distress or at risk for suicide.

HEMHA Postvention Guide

If your campus has experienced a student suicide or other tragedy, this guide, developed in collaboration with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), provides you with best practices and guidance to create a communication plan, offer student support, and aid in other areas that can impact mental health and well-being.

Helpful Resources for College Students

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit

The age of college students typically coincides with the age of onset of mental health concerns. And while campuses have many opportunities to provide tailored programs and resources to their students, schools are often challenged with barriers, financial constraints, or uncertainty on how best to assist their students and ensure their well-being. Developed by The Healthy Minds Network in partnership with Active Minds and JED, this toolkit provides students with data points, resources, and tips to help them to advocate for policies, systems, and environmental changes to improve mental health and well-being on their campus.

Greek Life Support and Resources

Greek organizations play a large role in the lives of their student members. JED offers assistance to those organizations in addressing mental health and suicide prevention. Whether you’re a national/international headquarters staff or volunteer, undergraduate member, campus-based professional, alumni, or volunteer advisor, we can offer programs, resources, trainings, and campaigns to maintain the mental health of your community.

Pressure to be Perfect Toolkit

Pressure to be Perfect is about recognizing that what you see posted by others is just one part of their story—a single post or video rarely reflects all that is happening behind the scenes. This toolkit, a collaboration between Instagram and JED, was created to help young people figure out the best ways to use Instagram and includes tips and tools to improve their experience, connecting them with resources for further thought and discussion.

JED Programs

JED Campus

A four-year partnership program with colleges and universities to create and implement evidence-based strategic plans in order to improve student mental health through substance misuse and suicide prevention programming.

JED Campus Fundamentals

An 18-month program that offers much of what JED Campus provides, but with a shorter commitment and less hands-on support. However, campuses still receive evaluations, feedback, strategic plans, implementation recommendations, and more.