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The Jed Foundation Statement on Release of U.S. Presidential Candidate Positions on Mental Health and Addiction

New York, N.Y., August 27, 2019 — The Jed Foundation (JED) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. Today, the coalition released candidate responses to their survey which asked 11 questions addressing suicide and drug overdose, criminal justice reform, equal access to care, and more.

“Rates of mental health issues and suicide in the US are alarmingly high, and it’s critically important that our elected leaders are dedicated to addressing these issues,” said Katie Cunningham, the Chief Programs and Operations Officer at JED. “As a member of Mental Health for US, The Jed Foundation is proud to ensure information about US Presidential candidate positions on mental health are available for the general public.”

To read the coalition press release visit: https://www.mentalhealthforus.net/news-and-events/

Tune into the Mental Health for US Presidential Candidate Forum series, the first of which is being held at Drake University in Iowa on September 27.  Tickets are complementary but must be reserved in advance by visiting https://www.mentalhealthforus.net/news-and-events-iowa/.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.

About Mental Health for US
Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy. The initiative is powered by a coalition of stakeholder groups from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to make systemic, long-term change with civic engagement tools and resources. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.


About The Jed Foundation (JED)

JED is a 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.

Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go, ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com), and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).

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Manuela McDonough
Director, Media Relations
202-812-5290
manuela@jedfoundation.org

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