High School

More than ever, high school students are struggling with their mental health, from difficulty creating strong social connections in school and understanding how to develop help-seeking behaviors to building necessary life skills and seeking treatment.

JED offers many ways we help high school students, from our comprehensive JED High School Program and Set to Go initiative, to workshops, community outreach, and more. Find out which JED program is best for you.

Our Work

JED High School

JED High School was created to address the challenges high school students face around their mental health and emotional well-being. This program, based on our Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for High Schools, is dedicated to helping school districts and high schools evaluate and strengthen their programming and systems related to suicide prevention, mental health, and substance misuse prevention.

Set to Go

Set to Go guides students, families, and high school educators through important social, emotional, and mental health considerations related to emotional preparation for the transition from high school to college and adulthood. Set to Go reaches over 800,000 teens and parents with essential information and resources about emotional health and well-being.

Community Outreach

In order to expand our reach beyond high schools and into the community, JED hosts workshops for parents, students, and family members to continually raise awareness around youth mental health. This includes how to notice when someone is struggling, how to support them, and how to emotionally prepare students for life after high school.

Bring JED to your High School

JED is always looking for new schools to support with our JED High School program. If you’re an educator or administrator who wants to bring JED to your school, we’d love to hear from you.

CommonLit Lesson Plans

In collaboration with CommonLit, JED produced six online lessons, adapted from Set to Go, to be shared in classrooms across the country. These comprehensive lessons help your students learn about emotions, self-image, self-care, life skills, help-giving, and resilience.

Breaking Modern Loneliness: A Workshop on Mental Health

In partnership with Blue Boy Foundation and Microsoft, this workshop teaches young people the importance of good emotional health. Participants learn to devise an action plan for navigating life’s challenges and hopefully take away a sense of connectedness, awareness of skills for boosting and maintaining emotional well-being, and access to resources to help themselves and others who may be struggling.

Let's Talk NYC

To support mental health, the Let’s Talk NYC Campaign was created to help teachers and school staff become mental health allies for students. It includes a teacher training, a downloadable guide and more so you can be a resource to your students and help them get the support they need. While this program was designed for NYC, it can be used by anyone, anywhere.

Support Your School's Mental Health

Understanding Bullying

Bullying is repetitive, intentionally aggressive behavior — in person or online — that causes hurt or discomfort to another person. Bullying comes in many forms: violent or unwanted physical contact, behavior meant to provoke a fight or confrontation, verbal comments meant to belittle, demean, or control, or other kinds of actions with the intent of harassing, humiliating, or otherwise causing emotional and/or physical discomfort. Find out about the types of bullying, how to recognize it, signs and causes, and how to cope or get help.

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Intellectual Benefits of College

College is more than the potential for higher earning power and getting to have four (give or take) years of semi-supervised fun before entering “the real world.” When it comes down to it, college helps students to learn more, think deeper, be tested, and find their passion. In partnership with Set to Go, here are the intellectual benefits of college.

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The College Application Season: What Matters is Not What You Think

Many of us assume that attending an elite college is the path to fame and fortune (or at least fortune). It turns out that there’s definitely economic value in attending and completing college. But the surprise is that, for most young people, your earning power isn’t impacted by where you go. In fact, research finds that going to a school that’s a “good fit” – a place where you’ll feel comfortable and supported – is more important than its name or prestige.

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JED's "You Can Help" Trainings

A fundamental part of a comprehensive approach to supporting mental health and preventing suicide is to train community members to identify and support students who may be struggling with a mental health challenge, and refer them to professional help if needed. JED has created training resources to build these skills on your college/university campus or at your high school.

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Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.

Find more ways to get help & feel better in our RESOURCE CENTER.

If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

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