Who We Are
JED Campus believes in a comprehensive, public health approach and provides a framework to enhance student well-being and to prevent substance use issues and suicide. Support for emotional well-being and prevention of suicide and serious substance misuse must be seen as a campus-wide responsibility. No longer can these issues fall solely, or primarily, on counseling centers. While counseling centers have an important role to play, it is the responsibility of everyone on campus to promote and protect the mental health of the student body. JED Campus promotes significant involvement from multiple campus departments and stakeholders, including from senior administration, student affairs, academic affairs, security, student groups, etc. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that assesses efforts currently underway on campus in order to identify existing strengths and areas for improvement to create positive, lasting, and systemic change in the campus community. By becoming a member of JED Campus, a school demonstrates its commitment to the emotional well-being of its students.
The JED Campus Initiative
In the fall of 2019, JED Campus performed a baseline UConn campus assessment on current programs, systems, and challenges. The following spring, we administered a baseline Healthy Minds Study, an in-depth assessment of students’ attitudes, behaviors and awareness of mental health issues. JED Campus provided feedback and recommendations based on the responses of the assessment and the student data, and presented the recommendations to key stakeholders. Over the summer of 2020, JED Campus worked with UConn stakeholders to develop a three year strategic plan for implementation. Since then, the Committee has been focused on executing the strategic plan an with support and technical assistance from a dedicated JED Campus Advisor. In the spring of 2023, we will measure the change with a re-administration of the campus assessment and the Healthy Minds survey. Ongoing Access to resources with other schools in the JED Learning Community, including webinars, newsletters, an online resource center for students, and a discussion forum.
The Jed Foundation
JED equips America's teens and young adults with the skills and support they need to grow into healthy, thriving adults.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.