A Message from The Jed Foundation’s Founders

As we reflect on the 20 years since we founded The Jed Foundation, we are deeply appreciative of the generosity of so many friends who have supported us and made possible the innovations, resources and outreach that have impacted millions of young adults and teens. Today, 20% of our college student population, over four million students, attend school at one of our JED Campuses, benefiting from our proven model for protecting emotional health and preventing suicide.

As we head into the winter months during this pandemic, we think of the many lives that have been upended by COVID-19 and its far-reaching impact. This year has been profoundly difficult for our young adults and the many students dealing with remote learning. We know that this time of instability is magnifying an escalating mental health crisis in schools and communities across the country.

We continue during this pandemic to do everything we possibly can to give teens, young adults, schools, and communities a variety of tools to address mental health needs, and we know from our own experiences that this period of uncertainty will come to an end, and life will evolve to something that feels familiar again.

As a new year is about to begin, we think of the promise that JED underscores as it increases its college reach to millions of additional students and significantly scales its comprehensive high school programming.

We speak to you from the heart with the hope that JED’s efforts will play a major role in preventing suicide in countless families, thus avoiding the tragic loss of life which our family suffered.

Thank you for your friendship and for your support of JED. We are eternally grateful for your commitment to this mission.

With gratitude and hope,
Donna and Phil Satow

Learn more about the inspiration and motivation behind JED, an organization intent on changing the conversation around mental health and connecting young people with the support they need. Watch this video and find out more about who The Jed Foundation is, our mission, and our work.

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