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For too many students, mental health is the leading reason they struggle at school or don’t graduate.

Colleges play a critical role in addressing the emotional health of their students and creating systems, policies, and a school culture that ensures their students get the help and support they need. JED empowers campus communities to strengthen their overall efforts to address student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention. 

JED Campus guides colleges and universities through a collaborative process of program and policy development, with customized support by a dedicated campus advisor to help you build upon your existing student mental health offerings. This four-year strategic partnership allows you to assess and enhance the work already being done, as well as foster positive, systemic change on your campus and in your community. To date JED has worked with nearly 400 institutions representing over 4.5 million students.

For campuses that may prefer a lighter touch engagement, JED Campus Fundamentals is an 18-month program that offers much of what JED Campus provides, with a shorter commitment and less hands-on support. Campuses receive evaluations, feedback, strategic plans, implementation recommendations, and more.

If you’re an administrator who’s interested in bringing JED to your campus, contact jedcampusinfo@jedfoundation.org or fill out our information form and the JED team will be in touch.

Our Work

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.

Equity in Mental Health Framework

In response to research indicating how mental health issues disproportionately impact marginalized youth, JED collaborated with The Steve Fund to develop the Equity in Mental Health Framework and the Equity in Mental Health Toolkit, a set of recommendations focused on the mental health and well-being of students of color.

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.

University of Tampa Partnership

See how the University of Tampa is enhancing their policies, programming, services, and outreach to further support students’ emotional well-being with JED Campus.

More Ways to Engage with JED

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit

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.

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HEMHA College Counseling from a Distance Guide

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.

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Campus Mental Health Action Planning Guide

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 planto promote the mental health of all students and get help for students who are stressed, struggling, or distressed.

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Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

This report is a collaboration between the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and JED, and is designed to address gaps in mental health support for graduate and professional students by creating a foundation for evidence-based policies and programs.

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Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education

Making decisions about students who may be distressed, suicidal, or threatening to others, and how those decisions should inform overall campus policy is challenging for any institution. JED conducted a roundtable discussion with legal experts and IHE professionals around how the law impacts these decisions and put together this guide to provide campus professionals with a summary of applicable laws and professional guidelines, as well as practice recommendations, to support their well-informed decision making around students at risk.

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Improving Mental Health of Student Parents: A Framework for Higher Education

Parenting students represent over 20% of the total undergraduate student population. That’s why JED partnered with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to address the challenges student parents face and help campuses provide them with the support they need. Through extensive research and collaboration with a variety of experts and student parents, this framework offers wide-ranging recommendations that every campus should follow.

Download the framework

Each and Every Day Documentary: Campus Screening Opportunity

Created in partnership with MTV and JED, and from filmmakers Sheila Nevins and Alexandra Shiva, this powerful documentary explores youth mental health through the eyes of nine different young people who have attempted suicide or struggled with suicidal thoughts. The film offers relatable and authentic portraits of young people dealing with suicide and emphasizes help seeking and hope. It also includes a companion playbook to help schools plan, facilitate and host a screening including discussion questions, conversation starters, participant bios and more.

Find out how you can celebrate Each and Every Day

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.

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JED’s “You Can Help” Trainings

A fundamental part of a comprehensive approach to supporting mental health and preventing suicide is to help students learn to recognize and respond to signs of distress in their peers as well as help faculty and staff to identify and support students who may be struggling with a mental health challenge. You Can Help A Friend (YCHAF) and You Can Help a Student (YCHAS) are two training resources created by JED to help build these skills on your college/university campus.

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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.