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ISU becomes JED campus to enhance student mental health support

May 11, 2022

Indiana State University is the first public university in Indiana to partner with The Jed Foundation to evaluate and strengthen mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs.

"ISU is committed to the emotional well-being of its students," said Michele Soliz, Vice President for Student Affairs. "As a JED Campus, we will embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work we are currently doing but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community."

ISU's membership in JED Campus begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide task force to assess, support and implement improvements. There will be a confidential self-assessment survey on mental health promotion, substance use, and suicide prevention efforts.

After the assessment, JED subject matter experts will provide ISU with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements.

Over four years, ISU will collaborate with JED to help implement identified improvements.

"The college years are the age when many mental health issues first manifest, and it can be a time of significant stress and pressure," said John MacPhee, Chief Executive Officer of JED. "JED Campus helps schools by working with them to survey everything their college or university is doing to support their students' emotional health and find practical ways to augment these efforts in a comprehensive way. We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier communities, and likely greater student retention."