Our videos, podcasts, and webinars feature inspiring mental health stories, mental health and suicide prevention resources, and tips around reaching out for help and checking in with friends and loved ones. Also check out our Mental Health Media Guide, the entertainment industry’s guide to mental health storytelling developed in collaboration with mental health experts and entertainment industry leaders.
A Look Back: Mental Health in 2020
Last year was a year filled with uncertainty and challenges. The top searched mental health terms that brought people to our website in 2020 demonstrate just that. JED is here to provide a path forward. See how we’re changing the conversation about mental health.
Our JED Voices video series features celebrities who talk about what mental health means to them. Sharing these stories can be a powerful way to inspire young adults to be proactive about their mental health.
JED Storytellers share their personal experiences and show us just how powerful our stories can be in reducing shame, prejudice, and secrecy. Through their stories, we find compassion and inspiration and the understanding that there is hope. There is help.
Seize The Awkward
Seize the Awkward focuses on the idea that while it may feel a little difficult or awkward to speak to your friend about your concerns about them, if you accept the feeling as natural, you can move past the awkwardness and start a helpful/meaningful conversation. This message is shared through a series of videos featuring celebrities like Noah Cyrus who have reached out for help when they needed it.
How Are Students Taking Care of Their Mental Health During the Pandemic?
From virtual classes and switching in-person hang outs to online, it’s been a challenging year for students and their mental health. Here’s what some of our JED Student Ambassadors have to say about how they’ve taken care of their mental health since quarantine started.
Helping Your Teen Find Purpose During the Pandemic
Helping your teen find their meaning and sense of purpose in the world can have positive mental health outcomes. Suzie Button, senior clinical director of High School Programming, explains how. “The pandemic disrupted so many of the existing, organic structures for channeling adolescent passions…but there are steps that you, as a caregiver, can take to guide your young person and support them in their identity development.”
A Message from John MacPhee, executive director and CEO of The Jed Foundation (JED)
A major public health concern like COVID-19 can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. For resources and tips on managing your mental health during this time, please visit JED’s COVID-19 Resource Guide and our COVID-19 Tips and Updates page.
Could be Better, tbh
In this podcast, host Stacy London has candid conversations with celebrities and influencers about their mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to PTSD to suicidal ideation. They also break down how to get help while sharing accessible ways to improve your mental health.
Last Day: Season 2
JED has partnered with Lemonada Media for season 2 of Last Day, a podcast featuring honest conversations about mental health and suicide.
The Business of Giving
In this episode, Executive Director and CEO John MacPhee discusses how JED has serve young people and protected mental health during the pandemic.
Givers: The Podcast of Phil & Co
Cliff Sloan sits with JED’s Executive Director and CEO, John MacPhee and JED Storyteller, Brett Epstein. In this episode, learn how JED is preparing school’s to prevent mental health crises and encourage young adults to ‘Seize the Awkward’. Brett discusses his own experiences with depression as a college student and how JED helped him with recovery.
Wed & Woke
Chief Programs & Operations Officer Katie Cunningham discusses how JED is preparing students for the transition from high school to college, protecting emotional health, and preventing suicide.
Erica Riba, Director of Higher Education and Student Engagement at The Jed Foundation, discusses how her work has been impacted by COVID-19 along with tips and resources for students who are navigating through this time.
Improving Mental Health of Student Parents: A Framework for Higher Education
This webinar focuses on a new study conducted by Ascend at the Aspen Institute and JED, which found that more than 43% of the nearly four million student parents attending college in the United States experience extreme stress that affects their mental health and educational success. The accompanying report offers a framework for higher education leaders and policymakers to support the mental health of parenting students so that they and their children can thrive.
Each and Every Day
Each and Every Day, from filmmakers Sheila Nevins and Alexandra Shiva and created in partnership with MTV and JED, is a documentary exploration of youth mental health through the eyes of young people who have attempted suicide or have struggled with suicidal thoughts. This webinar features Sheila and Alexandra, as well as Senior Director of Knowledge & Advising Janis Whitlock, Ph.D., M.P.H., and JED Storyteller Saniya Soni, in conversation about the purpose of film, major takeaways from the production process/behind-the-scenes experiences, and the importance of highlighting conversations about suicide specifically at this moment in our nation.
Prioritizing Parent Mental Health
JED and the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital prioritize parent mental health in this webinar and Q+A. We talk about the importance of self-care, share ways to recognize signs of a mental health concern, and answer your questions with advice and strategies for managing day to day.
Supporting Students in Crisis: A Discussion on Student Mental Health & the Career Services Center
In this Symplicity webinar, four panelists from across the young adult mental health research and strategy spectrum, alongside dedicated higher education professionals, gathered for a discussion on student mental health and the role the career services center can have as part of holistic, campus-wide support model. Leah Finch, JED Campus Advisor, participated as a panelist.
The Hidden Pandemic: Introducing an Innovative Solution to Promoting Mental Health for High School Students
In this press conference, we announce the launch of our new Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for High Schools.
Learnings from the Equity in Mental Health Framework Pilot Implementation Partners
Sofia Pertuz, Ph.D., chief diversity & inclusion officer, and The Steve Fund’s Jan Collins-Eaglin, Ph.D., moderated a live briefing on four of the Equity in Mental Health Framework pilot cohort schools.
Struggling to be Proud and Thriving: Supporting the Well-being and Mental Health of LGBTQ+ College Students
Studies show that queer-spectrum students and trans-spectrum students reported lower levels of agreement on all measures of campus climate when compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. They are also at higher risk for suicide and adverse mental health outcomes. This indicates a demonstrated need among the higher education community for additional support and resources. In this webinar, we share data points about the issues and discuss recommendations focused on sexuality and gender identity to help campuses provide safe and affirming environments. We also hear from current LGBTQ campus resource professionals who will share their experiences supporting students and challenges faced as higher ed pivoted to online instruction.
Managing Stress During Distance Learning – How Faculty Can Support Their Students
As colleges and universities navigate the constantly evolving changes in response to COVID-19, we recognize that there is much stress and anxiety that instructors need to manage whether they were already teaching online or were recently required to shift to online modes of content delivery for students. In this webinar, JED’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sofia B. Pertuz, Ph.D. moderated a panel of experts on how faculty can provide support for their students during distance learning while keeping in mind the needs of particularly vulnerable student populations.
Parenting During the Pandemic: Challenges, Strategies, and Tips for Empowering Families of Teens
Due to COVID-19, families of teens have quickly shifted from in person to remote learning environments unexpectedly. JED offers this webinar to share expert strategies and advice for managing stress and helping caregivers help themselves and their children during this challenging time. We recognize that the situation is changing daily and modifications to our approaches may need to be made.
Empathy and Care Online: Strategies for Higher Education Leaders
As campuses increase virtual communications to convey important messaging and updates regarding critical moments such as those experienced during COVID-19, the use of the right tone in social media has become essential. How can social media be used in a way that shows authentic empathy that demonstrates care for its members? This webinar will feature a panel of subject matter experts and college and university leaders who share strategies and tips for leveraging social media channels to reach out to their campus communities.
Amplifying Voices of Future Leaders: Supporting the Mental Health of Students Speaking Up Against Racial Injustice
Activism and speaking up against racial injustice can be a protective factor for the mental health of college students, but can also have an immense toll as they try to focus on their academics. As COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous, and People Color (BIPOC) in devastating ways, protesting and demonstrating against police violence and other systemic racial injustices can add even more stress. This webinar, which is co-sponsored by The Steve Fund and JED, focuses on how higher education professionals can provide support, share resources, and advocate for the prioritization of protecting the emotional health of students.
BIPOC Mental Health Month Kickoff
In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month, Sofia Pertuz, Ph.D., JED’s chief diversity & inclusion officer, facilitated a Facebook Live discussion on mental health, the importance of language, and building systemic change with Mental Health America, Human Rights Campaign, and The Steve Fund.
Supporting BIPOC Student Mental Health
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sofia Pertuz, Ph.D., discusses supporting BIPOC student mental health with Mental Health America, Rice University, the University of Houston and the Steve Fund.
Empathy and Care for Educators
Nance Roy, EdD, Chief Clinical Officer, discusses supporting the mental health of high school and higher education professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
CVS Health Live: Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention
John MacPhee, executive director and CEO, participated in a Facebook Live discussion with CVS Health for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Facebook Live: Empowering Youth to Discuss Mental Health with Their Peers
Erica Riba, L.C.S.W., director of Higher Education & Student Engagement, and JED Student Ambassador, Skylar Chau, were interviewed by Jennifer Hanley, Head of Safety at Facebook, for a Facebook Live discussion.
Conversations Worth Having: Stigma
Jessica Orenstein, senior manager of High School Programming, joined To Write Love on Her Arms for a Facebook roundtable discussion about stigma, suicide, and suicide prevention.
Active Minds Facebook Live Roundtable
John MacPhee, executive director and CEO, joined Active Minds and others for a Facebook Live roundtable discussion about the challenges young adults are facing and what we can all do to help, particularly through September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Brain Waves: School Stress 2020
Back to school season has never carried so much uncertainty. We welcome experts Dr. Victor Schwartz, the Chief Medical Officer at JED, and Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, to discuss the various stressors that September will bring and how we can mitigate that anxiety.
Young Adult Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Meeting Them Where They Are
This webinar focused on young adults and their unique mental health needs, including: an overview of data related to the mental health needs & suicide rates among young adults; and interventions and other resources designed for the young adult population. Special considerations for connecting with young people during the COVID-19 pandemic were also discussed. Presenters: Kerri Nickerson, LCSW, MPH, Director of Grantee and State Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), Education Development Center, Inc.; Sara Gorman, Director of High School Programming, The Jed Foundation.
Campus Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era
In this American College Health Association (ACHA) webinar, Nance Roy, EdD, Chief Clinical Officer at The Jed Foundation speaks about applying JED’s Comprehensive Approach during the pandemic.
JED’s Impact – How Following Crisis Management Procedures Can Save a Life
JED Storyteller Arthur Emery shares the story of when he found a suicide note on his little brother’s computer. Arthur followed crisis management procedures and was able help his brother in a really significant way. To learn more, visit https://www.jedfoundation.org/campus-impact/.
Best Practices for Supporting the Mental Health of Fraternity and Sorority Members
In this EVERFI webinar, JED Campus Advisor, Erica Riba L.C.S.W, discusses supporting the mental health of Greek life students, with an added focus on COVID-19 response and support.
The Dimensions of Personality
Join John Oldham, MD, MS, as he shares information about what defines personality, the differences between personality styles and disorders, optimal personality functioning, and information on a tool, the New Personality Self-Portrait 25 (NPSP25), that you can use with students to help them discover their own personality structure.
Protecting Children During a Crisis
In this Darkness to Light webinar, JED Senior Advisor Janis Whitlock MPH, Ph.D discusses protecting children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Conversation on Teen Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic
In this webinar, Victor Schwartz M.D. discusses mental health and the impact of COVID-19 and answers questions from parents of congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Prioritizing Well-Being: Mental Health Strategies for Teachers and Students
In this EVERFI webinar, experts from the EVERFI team and Nance Roy, EdD, Chief Clinical Officer at The Jed Foundation, explore activities and strategies around mental well-being that can be used in the classroom or virtually, as well as provide tips and tricks for educator self-care.
Diana Cusumano L.M.H.C., N.C.C., Director of JED Campus & Wellness Initiatives, participated in a panel for the 320 Festival, an online event created to provide resources and bring awareness to the importance of mental health. See Diana’s session at the 4:50 mark.
The Green Room with Sophia Messa & Diana Cusumano
This episode of The Green Room joins singer Jenna Andrews in conversation with singer Sophia Messa and JED’s Diana Cusumano, L.M.H.C., N.C.C., Director of JED Campus & Wellness Initiatives, to discuss body image and self esteem.
The Green Room with Emily Kinney & Erica Riba
This episode of The Green Room joins Jenna Andrews in conversation with Emily Kinney and JED Campus Advisor Erica Riba, L.C.S.W, discussing mental health in the entertainment industry.