It’s OK to ask for help


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By John MacPhee

It starts with making it OK to talk about tough feelings and uncomfortable thoughts. When we do that, we can reduce the number of young people who suffer in silence, as more teens and young adults reach out and get the help they need. 

It takes everyone to normalize mental health struggles and conversations. When you donate to JED, you’re backing a proven approach that protects youth mental health right where it matters most: in our schools. 

  • We work closely with colleges and high schools to evaluate and enhance their programs related to substance misuse, mental health, and suicide prevention. Through years of research and recommended practices, we help schools create effective mental health safety nets for teens and young adults.
  • We help young people to recognize when they or a friend might be struggling and give them the skills to take meaningful action and ask for help. 

Your support is crucial in breaking down barriers to mental health support in schools throughout the country. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift by December 31. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be matched and go twice as far to support teens and young adults.

Together, we can build communities where it’s OK to ask for help and every young person contemplating suicide gets life-saving support. 


Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.

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.