In Fall 2016, WWU joined other colleges and universities across the state in becoming a member of JED Campus Program. By joining the program, Western has demonstrated a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. We will embark on a multi-year strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done on campus, but will help to create positive, lasting, systemic change at Western.
JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
Over the course of our participation in the program, Western will receive:
- Support in the development of an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team that includes senior leadership to steer this work at their university
- An in-depth, confidential survey, at the beginning of the program and then again after three years, assessing mental health promotion and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts
- Customized feedback reports created by JED’s clinical team after each survey identifying successes and opportunities for enhancement
- An onsite meeting with a JED expert to develop a strategic plan tailored to a school’s individual needs that will serve as a roadmap to implement enhancements over the course of the program
- Ongoing support from a dedicated JED Campus Advisor who provides consultation, guidance and resources to help each school achieve its goals
- Membership in a nationwide Learning Community – a network of JED Campus schools that share advice and experiences as well as presentations/discussions on specific topics of interest that emerge from JED’s work with JED Campus schools
- The JED Campus membership seal to signify the school’s commitment to student mental health.
Jed Strategic Plan for WWU