30 Colleges Earn New Badge for Mental-Health Programs

The Jed Foundation, which works to reduce emotional distress and to prevent suicide among college students, announced on Tuesday the first 30 institutions to earn its new JedCampus “seal” in recognition of their comprehensive approach to mental health.

The new certification program aims to assess how successful an entire campus, not just a counseling center, is at thinking strategically on improving emotional health and reducing the risk of suicide.

The institutions that have earned the distinction are mostly private, four-year colleges in the Northeast, but the list also includes a community college in Connecticut and several regional public universities (See list below.)

Victor Schwartz, the foundation’s medical director, said he was “thrilled” to see the range of policies and services the recognized colleges have deployed, especially considering that some are doing so “with really thin staffing.” <Read more.>

Via Libby Sander, the Chronicle of Higher Education.