SVC Teams With JED Foundation to Promote Well-Being, Mental Health

by Public Relations | Sep 10, 2019
LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College has joined JED Campus in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is a nationwide initiative of the Jed Foundation (JED), designed to help schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.

By joining JED Campus, Saint Vincent demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campuses embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but also helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports, a strategic plan and ongoing support from the JED Campus team.

Saint Vincent College’s collaboration with the Jed Foundation is funded by The Citrone Foundation, a philanthropy and grantmaking foundation established by Rob and Cindy Citrone. Rob’s father and uncles are graduates of both Saint Vincent College and the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School and the family’s deep connection and contributions to the College were previously recognized with the dedication of The Citrone Family Commuter Center.

“We are very grateful for our special relationship with the Citrone family and the continued generosity of The Citrone Foundation,” said Saint Vincent College President Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. “This gift will allow us to enhance the support and guidance provided to our students in the vital area of mental health and well-being.”

“The college years are the age when many mental health issues first manifest,” said John MacPhee, executive director of JED. “JED Campus helps schools by working with them to survey everything the institution is doing to support their students’ emotional health and find practical ways to augment these efforts in a comprehensive way. We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier communities and likely greater student retention.”

Saint Vincent College’s membership in JED Campus begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program, policy and system improvements and completing a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, Saint Vincent will collaborate with JED to help implement enhancements. All self-assessment responses and feedback reports will remain confidential.

For more information about this effort at Saint Vincent College, contact Gretchen Flock, director of wellness, at 724-805-2115.

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for the nation’s teens and young adults. JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other; partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Along with JED Campus, other JED programs include Set to Go, which prepares high schoolers for the transition to college; ULifeline and Half of Us, online resources for college and young adult mental health; Love is Louder, a movement dedicated to combating bullying and negativity with kindness and understanding; and Seize the Awkward, programming designed to help peers reach out to help others suffering from mental health issues.



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