High school can be a tough time for students and many will struggle with their mental health.

They face challenges developing social connections in their school community, engaging in help-seeking behaviors, building life skills, and seeking treatment.  To address these challenges, JED High School was created to support students’ mental health and emotional well-being.

JED High School 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.

If you’re an administrator who’s interested in bringing JED to your high school or district, contact jedhsinfo@jedfoundation.org or fill out our information form and the JED High School team will be in touch.

Our Work

The Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for High Schools

Focused on seven key domains that support mental health promotion and suicide prevention, districts and schools can use this public health and systematic approach to assess and strengthen their policies, programs, and systems to support emotional well-being and prevent suicide.

United Educators and JED Partner to Support Student Mental Health

JED is excited to partner with United Educators, a reciprocal risk retention group serving K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, to increase support for student mental health. Eligible United Educators members can earn an insurance renewal premium credit by launching one of JED’s three comprehensive programs to protect student mental health and reduce substance misuse and suicide risk in high schools, colleges, and universities.

Understanding and Addressing the Mental Health of High School Students

In partnership with Fluent Research, JED set out to better understand the mental health needs of high school students across the country. This study found that administrators, parents, and high school students agree that high schools must focus on improving the mental health and well-being of students and better prepare them for the transition from high school to college and adulthood.

Healthy Minds Network

In partnership with the Healthy Minds Network at the University of Michigan, JED developed a Healthy Minds for High School survey, the first national survey to assess the prevalence of mental health issues among high school students in order to get real insight into their attitudes about mental health. This initiative will help ensure more secondary learning institutions across the country have a comprehensive plan in place to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.

JED High School Learning Community

Schools that participate in JED High School get access to shared resources, and other content via webinars, newsletters, listserv messaging, community calls, and a resource playbook full of sample policies, procedures, curricula, and campaigns.


National Policy Institute: Addressing Youth Mental Health Needs In Schools

COVID-19’s impact on the nation’s mental health will be apparent for years to come. Yet, more concerning is the impact on children and adolescents. Suicide and self-harm increased significantly in 2020 in kids ages 11-17 years, with more than 35% reporting having thoughts of suicide more than half the days of the month. In partnership with Mental Health America and Kaiser Permanente, this report highlights key principles to inform policies and practices of reopening schools to help youth early and through equitable means.

Download the report

Introduction to the College Transition

For many students, college is the first time they’ll be living away from home. Even if they’re attending locally or virtually, they’ll likely need to be responsible for things their parents or caregivers handled (or helped with) — not to mention navigating a new environment. For those with medical or mental health challenges, it’s even more important to ensure care continues without interruption. Set to Go offers suggestions so you can help your school develop ways to help students plan and prepare for their transition to college.

Help with the transition

Tips for Educators Providing College Guidance to Students

The educational benefits, employment opportunities, and personal gratification that post-secondary education provides are palpable. To get the most out of a college education, students need to consider their personal, financial, and familial needs and goals. Finding a school that’s a good fit on a personal, emotional, and social level can greatly affect their success and experiences in college. Set to Go created three important considerations to remember when giving college guidance so you can help your students choose a college that’s right for them.

Read the tips

Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

Best-selling author, TedX speaker, and renowned professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Adam Grant, shares why this practice does more harm than good. While many believe it incentivizes students to study, his research finds the opposite. He found that grade curves create a toxic atmosphere by pitting students against one another and sending students the message that, “your success means my failure.” It’s a must-read for educators.

Read the article

Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Literacy

The teen years are a time of significant physical growth and maturation. That’s why it’s vital for young people, their families, and those who come into daily contact with them in school to understand the basics of mental health and substance misuse challenges that may emerge. Set to Go designed a clear and simple overview of the factors that protect young people from emotional and substance misuse challenges, a brief review of mental health problems and how you or your student might know something is wrong, and suggestions about how to get support and care or how to help a friend who’s struggling.

Read the overview
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.