Counseling and Psychological Services

JED Campus Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Section I: About JED CampusJED Campus seal

1. What is Jed Campus?

JED Campus is an initiative of The Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student well-being and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. By becoming a member of JED Campus, a school demonstrates its commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.

2. How does the program work?

• Establish an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to engage in the JED Campus program.
• Collaborate with experts from JED over a period of three to four years to identify opportunities for enhancement of emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
• Take an in-depth, confidential assessment, at the beginning of the program and then again after three years, assessing current mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
• Survey students using the Healthy Minds Survey to examine student attitudes, awareness and behavior related to mental health issues both at the beginning of the program and then again after three years.
• Receive a campus visit from a JED team members to discuss the feedback report, generate improvement goals and develop action steps that serve as a roadmap to implement change on campus. Following the post-assessment, the SME will again meet with the interdisciplinary team to discuss sustainability of implemented campus change.
• Receive ongoing support from a dedicated JED Campus Advisor who provides guidance and resources to help each school achieve its goals.
• Are able to access the JED Campus Learning Community that includes webinars, newsletters, a discussion board, and an in-depth, on-line resource library.
• Receive the JED Campus membership seal signifying their commitment to student well-being.

3. What kind of information does the feedback report contain?

The JED Campus feedback contains suggestions—not mandates—for colleges and universities to consider in order to enhance their policy and programming efforts. The feedback report assesses campus resources in relation to the JED Campus Framework, a consolidation of factors known to help in promoting emotional well-being, preventing suicide, and limiting substance use as well as an analysis of the results of the Healthy Minds Survey. Each school’s self-assessment responses are reviewed relative to the framework domains.

4. What is the Jed Campus seal?

The JED Campus seal will be given to member schools upon completion of their first Healthy Minds Study, JED Campus assessment and campus visit. The seal recognizes a school’s dedication to supporting the emotional well-being of its students and remains valid through the duration of the program. The JED Campus seal shows students, their families, and others that the school has committed to assessing and enhancing its mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts.

The seal is not a certification and does not guarantee that students on the participating campus will avoid mental health problems, rather, it demonstrates the school's commitment to promoting the emotional well-being of its students.

5. Once gaps in resources and/or programs are identified, how does Jed Campus help address them?

Over the course of the program, schools will collaborate with advisors from the JED Campus team to identify resources, programs, policies, etc. to fill in identified gaps in order to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets in place.

6. How much does it cost to participate?

The four-year program costs $22,000. Financial aid is available to qualifying schools.

7.  How much time should staff expect to spend on the program?

The first two semesters of the program are the most time intensive and team members should expect to meet at least monthly during this period. The first semester is used to build the team and complete both the JC and HMS assessments. The second semester continues with the campus visit and strategic planning activities. Once implementation begins towards the end of the first year, teams typically split into focused work groups and the whole steering committee need only meet 1-2 times per semester.

8. How long does it take to fill out the self-assessment?

The time it takes to complete the self-assessment may vary. We recommend that members of the interdisciplinary team work together to complete the assessment. Most campuses are able to complete the assessment in less than two weeks. In addition, we have heard that the act of completing the assessment as a team is a terrific learning experience for new and experienced staff alike.

9. Can anyone complete the self-assessment?

Each College/University will assemble an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to steer JED Campus at their institution. Given the breadth and depth of the assessment, no single individual will be able to answer all the questions. As such, the school’s JED Campus team group should all take responsibility for completion of the assessment.

10. Is there any data to support this type of approach?

The JED Campus Framework is based upon The Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention on College and University Campuses, which was developed and reviewed by multiple experts in mental health and higher education and is considered a consensus best practice by the AFSP/SPRC best practice registry (for more information: https://www.jedcampus.org/our-approach/). This model is based on the Air Force suicide prevention program, which has been shown to decrease rates of suicide, homicide and accidental deaths. The JED Campus Framework combines the content of the Comprehensive Model with expert recommendations regarding factors related to preventing substance abuse in young adults.

11. How is JED Campus different from what colleges are already doing?

While many schools have adopted elements of the JED Campus approach and a number have based their mental health support systems upon it, it is only partially implemented at a significant number of colleges. Most schools provide direct counseling services, yet, often there is not a holistic, campus-wide approach to mental health. Schools that already demonstrate a comprehensive approach to mental health on campus report that participation in JED Campus alerted them to areas for improvement that they did not realize they had and further strengthened their policies, systems, programs and practices. All schools benefit from the process of completing the self-assessment, the feedback provided in their reports and the ability to learn and network with other JED Campus schools through the learning community. Participation in the program can support all schools in exploring new ideas for enhancing the great work in progress, and finding innovating ways to support the emotional well-being of their students. Finally, the analysis of the pre- and post- JED Campus and Healthy Minds Study assessments provide schools with evidence of the impact of systems change on student outcomes.


1 Survey responses and feedback reports are all confidential.

2 Schools participate at-will and can choose to be anonymous in the program or opt-out at any time. With anonymity, survey results will be aggregated and de-identified, as is the case with all Campus Program participants.