JED Partners with Chegg for 2nd Annual Global Student Mental Health Week Amid Growing Loneliness Epidemic

Global organizations join Chegg to elevate conversations around student mental health, taking place February 26 – March 3.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 13, 2024 /BUSINESS WIRE — Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), today announced that it has partnered with esteemed non-profits and organizations from around the world for Global Student Mental Health Week 2024, taking place from February 26 to March 3. In its second year, Student Mental Health Week will have a special focus on tackling student loneliness. The World Health Organization has deemed social isolation an issue and a global health priority, and warned of the impact of loneliness on well-being. The Chegg.org Global Student Survey uncovered startling findings about student mental health: 59% of those polled globally say they do not sleep enough, 54% say they have experienced daily feelings of anxiety, and 46% say they have experienced academic burnout.[1] 

Student Mental Health Week is a global initiative that seeks to destigmatize mental health among students, encourage young people to be intentional about looking after themselves, and inspire conversations around what policymakers, education institutions, the wider community, caregivers, and learners themselves can do to support student mental wellness. 

The non-profits and organizations from around the world that Chegg has partnered with for this year’s Student Mental Health Week include Active Minds, the Ayrton Senna Institute, Born This Way Foundation, Calm, Inspiring Children Foundation, The Jed Foundation (JED), the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Nivishe Foundation, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, ONYX Mental Health Family, Orygen, “Seize the Awkward” from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and JED with the Ad Council, Student Minds, the Varkey Foundation and Young Invincibles.

“Following the success of our inaugural event last year, it is with great pride that we announce the return of Student Mental Health Week,” said Heather Hatlo Porter, Head of Chegg.org and Chief Communications Officer of Chegg, Inc. “The need to elevate conversations about mental health has never seemed more urgent and our resolve has never been stronger. By continuing to promote a dialogue between diverse voices from across the world, we hope to show that mental health is an issue that affects us all, and it must be at the top of the global policy agenda. Although today’s students live in the most connected era in history, many experience a deep sense of disconnection, feeling lonely and struggling to make friends. I’d like to thank all the organizations that have partnered with us on this campaign as we continue our commitment to holistically supporting students.”

 Activities kicking off during the week of February 26-March 3, 2024:

  • Chegg will bring together the mental health resources from these collaborative partners, including simple tips to improve mental wellness, under a centralized online resource, and signpost the support available to its millions of students worldwide, via the Student Mental Health Week website.
  • Student Mental Health Week will encompass a variety of in-person and digital events, involving students to inform debate and help educate policymakers, educational institutions, and communities on the mental health challenges students face.
  • Chegg will work with students around the world to find opportunities to have their voices heard by elite decision-makers and influencers. This will include meetings on Capitol Hill with lawmakers and officials from the U.S. Department for Education, in partnership with Young Invincibles.
  • Finalists of the Chegg.org $100,000 Global Student Prize and the $1 million Global Teacher Prize will be asked to share how they look after their mental wellness, which resources they turn to for support, facts about student mental health in their country, and projects they are involved with on the ground.
  • Chegg’s Center for Digital Learning will launch a white paper based on global research on the mental health of students around the world.
  • Calm, a Chegg partner and the world’s number one app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, will curate a collection of guided meditations for anxiety and stress for students.

The Chegg.org Global Student Survey 2023 recently found that 38% of students worldwide have trouble meeting new people and making friends. [2] 

Nhial Deng, the winner of the Chegg.org Global Student Prize 2023 who at the age of 11 was forced to flee his war-torn village and walk hundreds of kilometres alone until he reached Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, where he grew up for the next 12 years, said, “This initiative resonates profoundly with me and my journey. As students across the globe navigate the complexities of their lives, the importance of mental health cannot be overstated. It’s a powerful reminder that while academic achievements are important, the wellbeing of students is equally crucial for their overall success and happiness. I am committed to using my platform to advocate for mental health resources and support systems for educational institutions in cities, villages, and refugee camps, ensuring every student has the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a supportive and nurturing environment.”

About Chegg

Millions of people all around the world learn with Chegg. No matter the goal, level, or style, Chegg helps learners learn with confidence. We provide 24/7 on-demand support, and our personalized learning assistant leverages the power of artificial intelligence (“AI”), more than a hundred million pieces of proprietary content, as well as a decade of learning insights. Our platform also helps learners build essential life and job skills to accelerate their path from learning to earning, and we work with companies to offer learning programs for their employees. Chegg is a publicly held company and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG. For more information, visit www.chegg.com.

About Chegg.org

Chegg.org is the impact, advocacy, and research arm of Chegg, Inc: addressing the issues facing the modern student. For more information, visit www.chegg.org.

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Media contact: JaShel Jones, press@chegg.com 

About The Jed Foundation (JED)
JED is a leading nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.
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