University earns for mental health nod

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JedCampus Seal

JedCampus Seal in recognition of St. Cloud State's comprehensive mental health programming.

St. Cloud State has earned the JedCampus Seal, a national nod for comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming.

One of just 37 American colleges and universities to be recognized, St. Cloud State joins the likes of Boston College, Princeton University, Yale University and University of Sourthern California. View the list of recipients

Based in New York City, the Jed Foundation is an advocate for the emotional health of America's 20 million college students.

Staff in Counseling and Psychological Services completed an extensive self-assessment survey. The results compared favorably with the Jed Foundation’s recommended practices in mental health programming.

The JedCampus program is based upon the Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention on College and University Campuses, which was developed and reviewed by experts in mental health and higher education. It is considered a consensus best practice by the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Waltham, Mass., and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a New York City non-profit.

Counseling and Psychological Services, which is housed in Stewart Hall 103, delivers free and confidential counseling services to St. Cloud State students, including individual counseling, crisis services, group counseling, couples counseling and community referrals. Psychological assessment and testing are offered for a fee.

St. Cloud is in the last year of a $305,000 suicide-prevention grant. The university's Promoting a Caring Community program is a product of that grant.

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