Mission: To protect the emotional health of and prevent suicide among American teens and young adults.
About the Organization: Established in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow, who lost their youngest son, Jed, to suicide in 1998, the Jed Foundation (JED) envisions a future in which every high school and college has a comprehensive system that supports emotional health and reduces the risks of substance misuse and suicide; all teens and young adults are equipped to navigate mental health challenges and are emotionally prepared to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential; and mental health is recognized as part of general health and wellness and is not associated with shame, secrecy, or prejudice.
Current Programs: The organization's programming is focused on three areas: helping schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems; developing resources and creating partnerships to ensure that teens and young adults have access to the resources and support they need; and educating and equipping students, families, and communities to know when and how to support others who are in distress or struggling with a mental health issue. Taking a comprehensive, public health approach to suicide prevention, JED developed a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The organization's Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information and recommended resources on common emotional health issues and how teens and young adults can support one another, overcome challenges, and make a successful transition to adulthood. The organization's programs and resources for colleges and universities and high schools include JED Advising Services, guides, and webinars for campus professionals.
Website: Visitors to the site can learn more about what to do if they are worried that a teen or young adult is at risk of suicide, is depressed, or has an eating disorder or other issue; where to get immediate help; and/or about emotional well-being for teens and young adults, including information about building positive relationships, managing stress, and nutrition, as well as about mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and self-harm. They can also stay abreast of the latest developments or find out how they can make a difference by becoming an advocate, volunteering, making a donation, and/or fundraising for JED.
Funding: JED is supported by individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and corporations.