Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is pleased to announce a partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Together, they are launching Lambda Chi Alpha Lifeline, an online mental health resource center tailored from JED’s ULifeline website.
ULifeline provides college students with information about emotional health issues and the specific resources available on their campus. It also offers a confidential mental health self-screening tool.
“Many college students will experience periods of emotional distress and mental health challenges, and among college students, it is less common for men to seek help when they are struggling,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO of JED. “We are pleased to see an international fraternal organization like Lambda Chi Alpha supporting their members’ wellbeing and empowering them to know when and how to help themselves and each other with resources like Lambda Chi Alpha Lifeline.”
The average onset for many mental health conditions is the typical college age range of 18 to 24 years old. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 75 percent of all individuals with an anxiety disorder will experience symptoms before age 22. Other students, who might not have clinical anxiety or depression, still suffer.
Lambda Chi Alpha staff is eager to promote the importance of mental health to its members, something the organization believes is an important topic to discuss.
“The partnership with the JED Foundation is an excellent opportunity for the fraternity,” said Lambda Chi Alpha Chief Operating Officer, Justin Fisher. “I believe their mission to protect the emotional health of and prevent suicide for young adults fits hand in hand with our mission to equip men to lead an ethical life of growth, service, and leadership.
“Our hope is that Lambda Chi Alpha, through the help of the JED Foundation, can be a safe space where our members will have the resources and skills to help themselves and each other.”