Learn what JED’s point of view is on these important, current issues in mental health and education:
Position on Reopening Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
JED recognizes that schools must carefully balance the physical health and well-being of students and staff as they struggle with the decision to reopen. Each school and community must carefully weigh physical safety with the deepening emotional and social needs of youth, their families and the community at large.
- Student Mental Health and Well-Being in Fall 2020 Campus Reopening
Institutions of higher education must be prepared to support their campus community members as they work through experiences of anxiety, pain and trauma toward healing.
- JED Supports Gun-Free Campuses
JED strongly supports all efforts to improve campus safety and limit access to firearms that can be used for suicide or to harm others on campus.
JED promotes a comprehensive and holistic approach to prevention of drug misuse and its consequences.
- Means Restriction Saves Lives
One important protective factor in the prevention of suicide at school is the restriction of access to potentially lethal means of self-harm and suicide.
- Mental Health Services
Mental and behavioral health is central to preserving the academic mission, with special consideration of mental and behavioral health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Value of Campus Behavioral Intervention Teams
Behavioral Intervention Teams (BIT) promote student, faculty and staff success and campus safety by facilitating the identification and support of individuals who demonstrate behaviors that may be early warning signs of possible troubled, disruptive or violent behavior.
- The Importance of a Thoughtful Medical Amnesty Policy
A well-considered medical amnesty policy forms an important part of a comprehensive campus plan for providing nimble emergency response in crisis situations, a plan of action for handling high-risk situations and promotion of interventions aimed at the prevention of devastating consequences from drug/alcohol use.
- Why a Postvention Plan is Integral to Schools and Institutions
In the immediate aftermath of a suicide death on campus, when emotions are strained, confusion is common, and grief is overwhelming, a comprehensive postvention protocol provides a rapid, organized response when the college community is most receptive to and in need of support and comfort.
- Managing health information within the student health care system
JED encourages colleges and universities to develop systems for sharing appropriate clinical information when legally permitted and clinically indicated, whether it be in the case of significant risk or in the service of providing holistic and integrated health care.
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