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Who We Are

Our Mission: JED exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults

About Us

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse 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.

Our Vision

We envision a future where:

  • Every high school and college has a comprehensive system that supports emotional health and reduces the risks of substance abuse and suicide.
  • All teens and young adults are equipped to navigate mental health challenges, to seek and give help, and emotionally prepared to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential.
  • Our communities support the emotional well-being and mental health of teens and young adults.
  • Mental health is recognized as part of general health and wellness and is not associated with shame, secrecy or prejudice.

Our History

In 1998, we lost our youngest son Jed to suicide. Since then, we have worked to understand this unendurable tragedy. Although suicide was and continues to be a leading cause of death among young adults, schools had no uniform model for preventing suicide on campus. Communities struggled to overcome the shame and secrecy that prevented honest discussion of mental health. Campus prevention programs were limited in scope and priority. In 2000, we founded The Jed Foundation (JED) to surmount these hurdles and launch a blueprint for prevention. Today, JED is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to young adult mental health.

We thank our friends, partners and supporters for making this possible. We thank all of you who have accompanied us on this journey from loss to hope. Your commitment to protecting the lives of young people is transforming the conversation around mental health and mobilizing communities to action. Together we are helping students navigate the emotional challenges of college, prepare for adulthood, and thrive.

-Donna & Phil Satow

Our Impact

In just the last year we have...

HELPED SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT SAFETY NETS

  • More than 3,000 colleges and universities have strengthened their safety nets for students by are using at least one resource from JED
  • 156 colleges representing over 1,500,000 students are participating in JED Campus, working with JED to improve their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming
  • 10% of the undergraduate students at 4-year institutions in America are covered by the JED Campus Program
  • JED educated over 5,000 campus professionals in suicide prevention through conference presentations and webinars
  • More than 1,600 colleges and universities utilize JED’s ULifeline.org online resource center to provide students with information about mental health and how to seek help
  • JED, in partnership with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, distributed over 30,000 free opioid deactivation pouches to colleges

EQUIPPED AND EMPOWERED YOUNG ADULTS

  • Reaching those who need to be reached – JED’s mental health public service campaigns reached over 25 million people
  • JED’s anonymous mental health self-evaluator was used by over 30,000 students to assess their symptoms and receive customized information about how to seek help
  • Over one million people are better informed and prepared to care of their mental health, or a loved one, because of information from JED’s online resource centers
  • JED meets young adults where they are, with more than 500,000 young adults engaging with JED content through social media

Recognition

JED and its programs have been widely recognized by third-party organizations for their impact. Here's a select list of these honors:

2016

 

  • UJA Federation of NY: Mortimer J. Blumenthal Award
  • Finalist for Child Mind Institute Change Maker Award

2015

  • SAMHSA Special Recognition Award to actress Brittany Snow, co-founder of JED’s Love is Louder movement
  • Cause Celebre Sunrise Foundation Award

2014

  • American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award
  • Beacon Award, Websites: mtvU/Half of Us, Association of Cable Communicators
  • SAMHSA Voice Award
  • PRISM Award, Public Service Campaign: Half of Us, Entertainment Industries Council
  • Cynopsis Social Good Award: Best Integrated Campaign: Health Initiative for Half of Us: The Other Side of Pills

2013

  • Creativity Award (Gold), Creativity International Awards
  • Prism Award, Public Service Project: Half of Us, Entertainment Industries Council
  • National Council for Behavioral Healthcare Reintegration Award for Education for ULifeline

2012

  • Prism Award, Public Service Campaign: Half of Us, Entertainment Industries Council
  • HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation
  • Telly Award for JED 2011 Milestones Video

2011

  • Daytime Emmy, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Nomination)

2010

  • Creativity Award, Creativity International Awards (Gold), Art Direction Magazine (Silver)
  • Daytime Emmy, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Nomination)
  • Prism Award, Best Music Video: Half of Us, Entertainment Industries Council

2009

  • Gracie Award, American Women in Radio and Television (Nomination)

2008

  • Banf Award (Hor Concurs)
  • Beacon Award, Public service announcements, Programming and New Media, Association of Cable Communicators
  • Creativity Award, Creativity International Awards (Platinum), Art Direction Magazine (Platinum)
  • Gracie Award, American Women in Radio and Television
  • Peabody Award, The George Foster Peabody Awards

2007

  • Community and Public Service Emmys, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Nomination)

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