Higher Education

JED is a trusted collaborator with institutions of higher education (IHE) to help you develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive plan for supporting the mental health of your most precious resource—your students.

For many students, mental health is the leading reason they struggle at school or don’t graduate. Colleges play a critical role in addressing the emotional health of their students and creating systems, policies, and a campus culture that ensures their students get the help and support they need.

Explore the many ways that JED can support your campus and for more information, contact jedcampusinfo@jedfoundation.org.

Our Work

JED Campus

Based on our Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities, JED Campus, a four-year program, is designed to guide 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 consults with over 370 colleges and universities, impacting more than 4.8 million students, and another 2,500 colleges and universities use at least one JED resource to help strengthen their mental health.

JED Campus Fundamentals

An 18-month program that offers much of what JED Campus provides, but with a shorter commitment and less hands-on support. Campuses receive evaluations, feedback, strategic plans, implementation recommendations, and more.

JED Higher Education Learning Community

Schools that participate in JED Higher Education Programs get access to shared resources, and other content via webinars, newsletters, listserv messaging, connection calls, and a resource playbook full of sample policies, programs, trainings, and campaigns.

Kent State Case Study

Read about the impressive results from Kent State’s partnership with the JED Campus program, which improved their mental health services and outcomes over a four-year period.

JED Campus Impact Report

View the incredible progress that campuses are making by implementing JED’s evidence-driven strategies.

College Suicide Prevention Through the Creation of Communities of Care

This peer-reviewed paper, published by the National Academy of Medicine, touches on new insights from the JED Campus Program, and offers concrete approaches that colleges should implement to support their young people.

Support Your Campus’ Mental Health

JED has dozens of resources to help you take action to support your students’ mental health and well-being. From how to take action in the event of a suicide, to administering remote counseling and helping students advocate for policies and systems to improve their own mental health, peruse our resources to get your campus the help and support it needs.

HEMHA Postvention Guide

If your campus has experienced a student suicide or other tragedy, this guide, developed in collaboration with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), provides you with best practices and guidance to create a communication plan, offer student support, and aid in other areas that can impact mental health and well-being.

Download the guide

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit

Developed by The Healthy Minds Network in partnership with Active Minds and JED, this toolkit provides students with data points, resources, and tips to help them to advocate for policies, systems, and environmental changes to improve mental health and well-being on their campus.

Download the toolkit

HEMHA College Counseling from a Distance Guide

In partnership with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), this guide was designed to aid mental health professionals who serve college students, as well as higher education administrators, in engaging in dialogue about the benefits, limitations, and concerns around collegiate telemental health services in order to best understand if, when, and to whom these services should be provided.

Download the guide

Campus Mental Health Action Planning Guide

This guide, a collaborative effort between JED and the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and part of the Campus Mental Health Action Planning (CampusMHAP) program, was designed to provide campuses with a step-by-step process for designing a plan to promote the mental health of all students and get help for students who are stressed, struggling, or distressed.

Download the guide

Equity in Mental Health Framework for Students of Color

Created by JED and The Steve Fund, the Equity in Mental Health Framework offers expert recommendations and implementation strategies for America’s colleges and universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Download the framework

Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

This report is a collaboration between the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and JED, and is designed to address gaps in mental health support for graduate and professional students by creating a foundation for evidence-based policies and programs.

Download the report

Improving Mental Health of Student Parents: A Framework for Higher Education

Parenting students represent over 20% of the total undergraduate student population. That’s why JED partnered with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to address the challenges student parents face and help campuses provide them with the support they need. Through extensive research and collaboration with a variety of experts and student parents, this framework offers wide-ranging recommendations that every campus should follow.

Download the framework

Proud & Thriving Framework: Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ High School, College, & University Students

It has been well documented that LGBTQ+ high school and college students experience an elevated risk for negative outcomes due to health and academic factors as compared to non-LGBTQ+ peers. JED developed the Proud & Thriving Framework in partnership with the Upswing Fund and the Consortium for Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals to help schools integrate comprehensive frameworks and recommendations to protect and support the mental health of LGBTQ+ students.

Download the framework

Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education

Making decisions about students who may be distressed, suicidal, or threatening to others, and how those decisions should inform overall campus policy is challenging for any institution. JED conducted a roundtable discussion with legal experts and IHE professionals around how the law impacts these decisions and put together this guide to provide campus professionals with a summary of applicable laws and professional guidelines, as well as practice recommendations, to support their well-informed decision making around students at risk.

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Faculty Guide to Supporting Student Mental Health

This easy-to-use guide provides educators with simple, evidence-based ways you can support your students. Most faculty are not clinicians, and we know it can feel intimidating or overwhelming to think about supporting students’ emotional health, especially given all of the responsibilities you already have. But you do not have to be a mental health professional to have a positive impact on your students’ emotional well-being. This guide will show you how.

Download the guide

JED’s Student Voice of Mental Health Award

Are you an undergraduate college student doing outstanding work to raise awareness for mental health issues, reducing prejudice around mental illness, and encouraging help-seeking among your peers? If so, JED wants to honor you! This annual award includes a cash scholarship, a chance to represent and work with JED, and multiple promotions across our website and social media channels.

Learn more

Each and Every Day Documentary: Campus Screening Opportunity

Created in partnership with MTV and JED, and from filmmakers Sheila Nevins and Alexandra Shiva, this powerful documentary explores youth mental health through the eyes of nine different young people who have attempted suicide or struggled with suicidal thoughts. The film offers relatable and authentic portraits of young people dealing with suicide and emphasizes help seeking and hope. It also includes a companion playbook to help schools plan, facilitate, and host a screening including discussion questions, conversation starters, participant bios and more.

Find out how you can celebrate Each and Every Day

Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Teams

A project partnership with the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), this guide was created to support existing and new campus teams, helping them make informed decisions about their structure, scope, functions, and day-to-day operations in terms of mental health and well-being on campus.

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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 help students learn to recognize and respond to signs of distress in their peers as well as help faculty and staff to identify and support students who may be struggling with a mental health challenge. You Can Help A Friend (YCHAF) and You Can Help a Student (YCHAS) are two training resources created by JED to help build these skills on your college/university campus.

Download the training

College Student Mental Health & Well-Being Training

Mental Well-being for Students is a 45-minute online course designed by Everfi to help learners practice self-care strategies, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support. With content development by JED, this course equips undergraduates with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life.

Request a demo

College to Career: Supporting Mental Health

In order to better understand the challenges to emotional well-being faced by young adults during the college-to-career transition, JED partnered with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. We addressed the emotional challenges college seniors face as they prepare to leave college, what colleges can do to address these challenges, the emotional challenges that recent college graduates entering the workforce face, and how employers can support the emotional well-being of these young adult hires.

Download the guide

Pressure to Be Perfect Toolkit

A collaboration between Instagram and JED, the Pressure to Be Perfect Toolkit encourages you to be mindful of how time online impacts emotional well-being, shares some tips and tools that can improve your experience, and connects you with resources for further thought and discussion.

Access the toolkit
Get Help Now

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

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.

If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.