JED Campus Testimonials

We are proud to work with a diverse range of colleges and universities and to see, through these testimonials, the various ways in which our program is making an impact.

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology joined JED Campus in October 2015. They highlighted their partnership with JED in this place. In summer of 2018, in partnership with JED and The Steve Fund, Pennsylvania College of Technology began a pilot implementation of the Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMHF) with 17 other colleges and universities from the U.S. towards implementing strategies to support, program, and institutionalize the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. Penn College of Technology had their post summary virtual visit on February 1st, 2019 and is now a JED Campus alum.

Our work with JED Campus has resulted in profound changes on our campus and in our approach to student well-being. Our campus is a safer and more supportive environment thanks to our partnership with JED.

Kathy Zakarian, Psy.D.
Director of Counseling
Pennsylvania College of Technology

University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire joined JED Campus in 2015. While in JED Campus, UNH was able to expand their mental health training efforts to the campus community so people know how to identify, reach out, and refer someone who may be in need of help. Along those lines, they also were able to add crisis hotline numbers to the back of student I.D. cards. The University of New Hampshire completed JED Campus in December 2019 and is now a JED Campus alum.

In our efforts at UNH to develop and implement effective suicide prevention efforts, The JED Foundation has been an invaluable partner for several years. JED has provided us with good counsel and direction, has been sensitive to the unique qualities of our institution, and guided us to choose among the best practices that might work well on our campus. UNH is much better for their efforts, and our students are healthier and safer. We are proud to mount The Jed Foundation logo on our Student Life website.

John T. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students
University of New Hampshire

Denison University

Denison University joined JED Campus in Spring of 2017. Denison University was part of a cohort of schools located in Ohio that started the JED Campus program together. Denison University initiated many new programs for life skills, social connectedness and holistic wellness. They created their 5 Dimensions of Well-Being to make sure all areas of a student’s life are accounted for when it comes to their mental health and wellness while in college. Denison University completed the JED Campus program in December of 2020 and is now a JED Campus alum.

We appreciated that there is as much attention to the development of life skills and social connectedness as there is to the identification of at-risk students and the restriction of access to lethal means. The comprehensive public health model has dovetailed very neatly with our own philosophy, and we have been grateful for the guidance we’ve received from JED.

Dr. Laurel Kennedy
Vice President of Student Development
Denison University

Princeton University

Princeton University joined JED Campus in June 2014. JED’s visit to Princeton University’s campus and meeting with their mental health taskforce (seen in photo) took place on May 23rd, 2016. This meeting resulted in the development of a campus-wide strategic plan to improve mental health and reduce suicides at Princeton. While in JED Campus, Princeton developed a Time Away webpage to support students who need to take time away or interrupt their studies due to a health issue (mental or physical). Princeton University completed JED Campus in August 2019 and is now a JED Campus alum.

Participating in the JED Campus Program has been very helpful to Princeton in helping us organize our system-wide efforts at improving mental health and well-being, reducing student suicides, and reducing substance abuse. The Campus Program Framework has been useful in framing mental health as an institutional concern, and the recommendations generated through participation in the program has resulted in real change at Princeton. We are grateful for the expert consultation, and the support.

Calvin Chin, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling
Princeton University