Uniting for Youth: Insights From the JED Policy Summit on Student Mental Health
By Rebecca Bauer On October 30, 2023, more than 100 mental health experts, advocates, and allies gathered in Washington, D.C., for the JED Policy Summit: ...
By Kim Greene
Champlain College joined JED Campus in 2019 to make the mental health of their students a top priority. Using strategic interventions, the college aimed to reduce suicide risk and substance misuse on their Burlington, Vermont, campus.
Four years later, having completed the JED Campus program, Champlain College serves as an example of what institutions can accomplish with a steadfast commitment to student well-being.
“Champlain College was just beginning their work as a JED Campus when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Like many schools, they saw students struggle with mental health and also navigated staff turnover,” said Erlinda Delacruz, a JED senior advisor who worked with the college. “However, Champlain was incredibly resilient and able to create a culture of care across their campus.”
Over the course of the program, the college followed a strategic plan that led to notable improvements in protecting student mental health, including:
The impact of these changes show in the data, according to the Healthy Minds Study administered on campus at the beginning (2019) and completion (2023) of the JED Campus program. Notably:
“Participating in the JED Campus program was the catalyst Champlain College needed to review our well-being protocols as a whole,” said Susan Waryck, dean of students at Champlain. “The strategic plan the JED team helped our campus create has and will continue to guide our work for several years.”
A hearty congratulations to Champlain College for the work they’ve done with JED Campus — and the work they will do as they carry out their sustainability plan.
Learn more about how colleges and universities can protect mental health and prevent suicide with JED’s Higher Education resources and services.
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.
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