Student Engagement

Are you a student interested in mental health and suicide prevention?

Are you interested in learning more about JED’s mission? Are you looking for ways to be an ambassador or leader as it relates to student mental health? JED has many ways for you to stay connected through our resources and educate yourself and those around you.

Why Does Student Mental Health Matter?

One in four American young adults (18-24) experience a mental health challenge each year. Prioritizing mental health for students is critical for academic success, retention and for them to flourish.

JED’s Approach

JED’s vision is for all teens and young adults to be equipped to navigate mental health challenges, to be able to seek and give help, and to be emotionally prepared to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential.

Learn about our approach

JED’s Impact

Students are poised to lead the way and are the driving force for mental health change. Our work can’t be achieved without them.

Learn about our impact

Benefits of Engaging with Student Mental Health

There are incredible benefits to engaging in mental health conversations, helping others, and taking action!

Build Awareness of Mental Health Resources

Learning about mental health can instill awareness, improve self-care practices, and help spread the word about existing resources.

JED's Resource Center

Know the Signs to Help Others

There are different ways to start the conversation about mental health and yet, no wrong way. In partnership with the Ad Council and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, JED’s Seize the Awkward has videos, GIFs, conversation starters and more to help make starting a conversation well, less awkward.

Seize the Awkward

Take Care of Yourself

In order to help others, we need to care for ourselves and do things that make us feel taken care of mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sometimes the first step to self-care is to press pause.

Press Pause

Ways for Students to Stay Engaged with JED

JED has many ways to get involved in our mission to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Here are just a few…

Become a JED Student Ambassador

If you’re an exceptional college or high school student who wants to support the emotional health and well-being of your peers and school community, we’d love for you to become a JED Student Ambassador (JSA). Ambassadors bring JED resources to life on their high school or college campus by organizing mental health awareness events and distributing JED resources among their school community.

Apply to be a JSA

Discover JED High School

JED High School helps school districts and high schools evaluate and strengthen their programming and systems related to suicide prevention, mental health, and substance misuse prevention.

Bring JED to your high school

Discover JED Campus

JED Campus is a four-year program designed to help colleges build upon existing student mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts.

Bring JED to your campus

Other Ways to Get Involved

Host a Film Screening

Sometimes the very act of seeing other people open up about their struggle can help us ask for and seek help around our own mental health struggles. Through partnerships with several organizations and production companies, JED offers campus screening opportunities of powerful films that explore real-life stories of struggle and eventual healing.

Bring these films to your campus

Plan a Wellness Event or Campaign

JED believes that mental health is recognized as part of general health and wellness and not associated with shame, secrecy, or prejudice. It's time we treat mental health needs more openly as a society and make it a normal part of life to get help and heal. One way to destigmatize mental health is through education and awareness campaigns or events. These can be in-person or online campaigns. See below for an example from one of our JED Campuses.

Let’s Talk About It

Fundraise for JED

One of the most powerful ways we can improve our perspective and mental health is by helping others. Inviting your friends, family, and followers to join you in supporting JED grows the impact of our work and helps them feel connected to a powerful community of advocates.

Plan a JED Fundraiser

Discover the Importance of Storytelling

Sharing stories is a powerful way to reduce shame, prejudice, and secrecy, and inspire us to be proactive about our mental health. JED has two video series that help shine a personal light on mental health. JED Voices features intimate conversations with notable and influential mental health advocates and JED Storytelling features personal experiences of real people who’ve struggled with their mental health.

Watch their stories

Engage in Student Advocacy

JED’s advocacy efforts seek to improve mental health and suicide prevention knowledge, programs, and environments, with a particular emphasis on secondary and higher education institutions and the students they serve.

Learn about our Student Advocacy

Volunteer

If you’re passionate about protecting emotional health and preventing suicide among our nation’s teens and young adults, we’d love to have you join JED’s volunteer program and help us spread information about JED and raise awareness around mental health.

Become a JED Volunteer

JED Programs

Seize the Awkward

There are different ways to start the conversation and yet, no wrong way. Developed in partnership with the Ad Council and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, JED’s Seize the Awkward has videos, GIFs, conversation starters, and more to help make starting the conversation, well, less awkward.

Seize the Awkward

JED Storytelling

Sharing stories is a powerful way to reduce shame, prejudice, and secrecy, and inspire us to be proactive about our mental health. JED has two video series that help shine a personal light on mental health. JED Voices features intimate conversations with notable and influential mental health advocates and JED Storytelling features personal experiences of real people who’ve struggled with their mental health.

Watch their Stories

Get Immediate Help

Don’t wait! Get the help you need, when you need it with these crisis hotlines and support centers.

It’s an emergency