The $9.9 million grant and participation in the Alliance will help millions more college students, including many from low-income backgrounds, benefit from JED’s signature mental health and suicide prevention program, and will support JED in pioneering secondary education and community outreach programs.
NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 3, 2020—The Morgan Stanley Foundation has selected The Jed Foundation (JED) as a founding member for its Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health. JED is a recognized leader in transforming policies, programs, and systems to protect young adult emotional health and prevent suicide—the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults across the nation. The Alliance is a philanthropic initiative launched by Morgan Stanley, in partnership with key leaders in the children’s mental health space, to strategically address children’s mental health concerns.
“Now more than ever, it is critical for schools and communities to provide the proper resources and support systems to address the mental health challenges facing our nation’s adolescents and young adults,” said John MacPhee, executive director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. “High schools, colleges, and universities are the real-life systems with the largest numbers of emerging adults, yet most do not have comprehensive plans for how to support student mental health and reduce risks for suicide. This is what JED helps schools do, and through the Alliance, JED will be able to bring its programs and resources to many more schools, serving 4.5 million more students than would have been possible before the Alliance.”
JED’s signature program, JED Campus, helps hundreds of colleges and universities to develop and strengthen their approaches to supporting student mental health and preventing suicide. Through a grant of $9.9 million, the Alliance will significantly bolster JED in expanding its reach among colleges, high schools, and communities, and deepening the impact of JED Campus. “This will enable us to better serve underrepresented populations who need these services and resources the most,” added MacPhee.
The Alliance marks one of the largest expansions of JED Campus, and JED programming overall, since Phil and Donna Satow founded The Jed Foundation in 2000 to protect the lives of young people, transform conversations around mental health, and mobilize communities to action.
“On this, our 20th anniversary year, Morgan Stanley’s extraordinary generosity validates the importance of The Jed Foundation’s mission and accelerates its efforts to reach and protect the emotional health of countless students throughout the country,” said Phil and Donna Satow. “As a result, the institutional priorities in high school and higher education that support student safety and well-being are sure to strengthen.”
As part of the Alliance, JED will work with the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Alliance’s other founding members to design and implement effective, evidence-based strategies impacting the mental health of youth, with an emphasis on vulnerable communities. As a founding member of the Alliance, JED will be able to expand and enhance its efforts in three core areas: higher education, secondary education, and families and communities.
Since its inception JED Campus has helped over 290 colleges and universities strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. The program guides schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program, and policy developments with customized support to build upon each institution’s existing student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts. The Alliance will enable JED to more than double the number of colleges and universities receiving its JED Campus services, while also fostering deeper engagement with schools that are alumni of JED Campus following completion of the program. The Alliance will also allow JED to reach 3.5 million additional students at colleges and universities nationwide—bringing the total number of students served at JED campuses to approximately 8 million—while inspiring many more colleges and universities to provide better mental health care for their students. This effort will include a special focus on serving low-resourced, and trade and technology schools, and will include the creation of the Morgan Stanley Scholarship Fund to drive adoption among these institutions serving many students from low-income backgrounds.
According to a 2018 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 14.4% of 12 to 17-year-olds experienced a major depressive episode in 2018, a 75% increase since 2011. At the high school level, JED will pioneer new programming that aims to support more than 1 million students at high schools across the U.S. over five years, by helping districts and schools strengthen their mental health policies and programs. Grounded in JED’s Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for High Schools, the groundbreaking initiative will help high schools and districts assess and enhance existing policies, programs and systems to support student mental health, prepare students for the transition out of high school, and reduce risks for suicide. As part of the Alliance, JED will also cultivate a national learning community among administrators where ideas and challenges can be shared and addressed.
Families & Communities
In partnership with the Alliance, JED will significantly expand upon its current programs to directly educate parents, families, and community members about teen and young adult mental health through local, in-person workshops. The program is expected to offer community members, schools, employers, and faith organizations the ability to schedule live sessions with JED experts, where attendees will learn how to best support the emotional health and well-being of young people in their lives.
“The expanded work made possible by the Alliance will help The Jed Foundation innovate new mental health programs, and will have a tremendous positive impact on teenagers, young adults, and communities across the country,” said Adee Shepen, chief development officer at JED. “We are honored to be part of the Alliance and are grateful to Morgan Stanley for its bold vision and commitment.”
In addition to JED’s role as a founding member, JED executive director and CEO John MacPhee will serve on The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health Advisory Board that brings together leaders in the children’s mental health field. The advisory board will provide counsel on the strategic efforts of the Alliance to generate meaningful contribution and impact.
Learn more about the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health by visiting www.morganstanley.com/about-us/giving-back/alliance-childrens-mental-health.html.