Our
Work

Our work shifts the culture and conversation around mental health by focusing on two components to change and save lives:

  • Strengthening the emotional health of teens and young adults so they can thrive today…and tomorrow.
  • Preventing substance misuse, self-harm, and suicide as a result of emotional distress.

We do this by equipping individuals, strengthening schools, and mobilizing communities.

Equipping Individuals

Research shows that building resiliency and life skills, promoting social connectedness, and encouraging help-seeking and help-giving behaviors in teens and young adults supports their overall well-being, helps them thrive, and protects their emotional health, making it less likely they will fall into unhealthy behaviors. JED uses digital campaigns, the media, and partnerships to engage this audience where they are and in a way they’ll understand.

Mental Health is Health

JED is a founding partner in MTV Entertainment Group’s new Mental Health is Health initiative, featuring an online hub that can be navigated by how we’re feeling, what we’re experiencing, or conditions we need to manage.

Mental Health is Health

Set to Go

JED’s Set To Go program provides teens with the skills, knowledge, and perspective they need to navigate the pivotal transition from high school to college or a career.

Set to Go

Strengthening Schools

For students, their school community is a critical part of their support network and emotional safety net. JED works directly with high schools, colleges, and universities representing millions of students to put systems, programs, and policies in place to create a culture of caring that protects student mental health, builds life skills, and makes it more likely students will seek help and struggling students will be recognized, connected to mental health care, and supported.

JED Campus

A rapidly expanding national program of over 370 colleges and universities, JED Campus is a four-year program that guides schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program, and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts.

JED Campus

JED High School

JED High School helps schools create and implement evidence-based strategic plans to support student mental health, reduce substance misuse, and prevent suicide. Schools and school districts can participate in this 18 to 24-month program to get help with strategic planning, program evaluation, and resource development.

JED High School

Mobilizing Communities

Our mental health is impacted by the world around us. There are a range of factors that can influence the perspective, well-being, and behaviors of our teens and young adults including families, friends, media, and high-profile voices. JED partners with these communities to create a culture of caring, grounded in deeper understanding and reduced shame and secrecy, and to collaborate on amplifying their positive impact while minimizing potential harm.

Seize the Awkward

Real stories, tips, and tools from artists like Billie Eilish, Lauv, and Noah Cyrus, that educate and equip us to support friends who may be struggling.

Seize the Awkward

Love is Louder

Love is Louder emphasizes resiliency and kindness by mobilizing social media, artists/influencers, the media, and local communities to encourage actions that make us all feel more connected and supported.

Love is Louder