A fundamental part of a comprehensive approach to supporting mental health and preventing suicide is to train community members to identify and support students who may be struggling with a mental health challenge, and refer them to professional help if needed. JED has created training resources to build these skills on your college/university campus or at your high school.

Higher Education

You Can Help A Friend (YCHAF) is a 60-90 minute in-person workshop to help your students learn how to recognize and respond to signs of distress in their peers. Facilitators for the workshop might include counseling and health professionals at your institution, or other staff who work with students and are familiar with mental health topics and resources on your campus. The training consists of a powerpoint slide deck and an accompanying conversation guide.

You Can Help a Student (YCHAS) is a similar training, but designed to help your faculty and staff understand how to identify and support struggling students, and refer when necessary. Guided discussion points can be found directly in the slide deck for this training. For more details on these trainings, click here.

Colleges and universities enrolled in JED Campus receive “You Can Help” through their participation in the JED Campus program. College and university professionals at these institutions may contact their JED Campus team lead for more information on how to access the trainings.

Accompanying each of these training modules are pre- and post- assessment tools that you can use to measure learning outcomes for your audiences. The fee to download and utilize these trainings at your institution is $1,500.

High School

You Can Help a Student (YCHAS) is designed to help your teachers and staff members understand how to identify and support struggling students, and refer when necessary. Guided discussion points can be found directly in the slide deck for this training.

Accompanying this training module are pre- and post-assessment tools that you can use to measure learning outcomes for your audiences. The fee to download and utilize this training at your school is $750

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We hope that you find these trainings useful as you work to foster more compassionate and caring communities in your schools.