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Resource for College Campus Crisis Response Teams Named to Best Practice Registry

July 31, 2013


NEW YORK, NY, JULY 31, 2013— The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, today announced that HEMHA’s “Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams,” the development of which was led by The Jed Foundation, has been accepted to the Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention. Earlier this year, Campus Mental Health Action Planning (MHAP) Guide developed by The Jed Foundation and Education Development Center (EDC) was accepted to the registry.

The “Balancing Safety and Support on Campus” guide serves as a resource to help existing and new campus crisis response teams make informed decisions about their structure, scope, functions and day-to-day operations.

“Being recognized in the Best Practices Registry is important validation of the work we do each day,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “This guide, in addition to other resources that we offer to campus professionals, helps schools across the United States make important decisions about how to best provide mental health resources for students in college.”

The purpose of the Best Practices Registry (BPR) is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

For more information, or to download the guide, go to http://www.jedfoundation.org/campus_teams_guide.pdf.

About The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance
The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) is a partnership providing leadership to advance college mental health. Through its partner organizations, HEMHA represents over 217,000 individual members. HEMHA’s partner organizations include American College Counseling Association (ACCA), American College Health Association (ACHA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), The Jed Foundation and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).


About The Jed Foundation (JED)

JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.

Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go (settogo.org), ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com), and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).

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Manuela McDonough
Director, Media Relations
202-812-5290
manuela@jedfoundation.org


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