The College of Saint Rose has joined the JED Campus Program in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is designed to identify opportunities to enhance emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts on campus in order to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.

A June 2017 New York Times article identified rising concern about the mental health of college students. It cited surveys from the University of California Los Angeles and Penn State University, which demonstrated an increase in the number of students feeling frequently depressed in the past year (nearly 12 percent of students), a rise in those who have purposely injured themselves (growing from 22 percent to nearly 26 percent in five years), and climb in the percentage of students who have seriously considered attempting suicide (from 24 percent to about 33 percent in five years).

JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only looks at and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The JED Campus Program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports, and ongoing technical assistance from the JED Campus team of clinicians. The JED Campus Program grants a membership seal to all schools that participate in the program in recognition of the school’s commitment to student mental health.

Membership in the JED Campus Program begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program improvements and taking a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, Saint Rose will collaborate with the JED Campus team to help implement enhancements. All self-assessment responses and feedback reports are confidential.

For more information on the JED Campus Program, visit www.TheCampusProgram.org.