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JED Initiative at Quinnipiac

We have a long-standing commitment to student's success and well-being at Quinnipiac. Mental health is an increasing struggle for young people nationwide. That's why we've partnered with the JED Foundation to bring the JED Campus initiative to Quinnipiac. JED is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to young adult mental health. Through its programs JED seeks to protect the emotional health of and prevent suicide among teens and young adults. 

Involving Students in the Process

Students are at the center of this project. Our goal is to incorporate the student experience and perspective into all aspects of this initiative. We have student representatives on the committee leading this project, and we'll be asking for student input along the way.


The Healthy Minds Study is the first opportunity to make your voice heard

What it is

The survey is open to all current students at Quinnipiac and is a key part of the JED Campus initiative to prevent suicide and promote help-seeking behavior. 

Why it matters

The goal is to better understand student mental health, habits and sources of support. It will help give us a baseline understanding about mental health at Quinnipiac. By participating, you will be providing valuable information that will improve your student experience at Quinnipiac.

How to participate

Check your email for your unique survey link from the Healthy Minds Network between October 12 and November 7. 

  • The survey will arrive in your Quinnipiac email inbox from Kerry Patton from the email address healthyminds-qu@umich.edu

  • The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

The Healthy Minds Network
About the Healthy Minds Network

For 15 years, the network has administered the Healthy Minds Study, a population-level survey of post-secondary student mental health, collecting over half a million responses from students at more than 450 colleges and universities. The network’s research efforts have expanded into other facets of mental health in educational settings, including the role and health of faculty and staff.

For more information on HMS, please visit the Student FAQ page on the HMS website.

Mental Health Nationwide By the Numbers

8.5%+ Mental health issues are increasing

The rate of people ages 18-25 who experienced a mental, behavioral or emotional health issue within the past year has grown from 22.1% in 2016 to 30.6% in 2021 (SAMHSA, 2021).

29.1% Young people struggle with anxiety

Nationally, 29.1% of young people have been diagnosed with anxiety (NCHA, 2021).

23.6% Young people experience depression

Nationally, 23.6% of young people have been diagnosed with depression (NCHA, 2021).

Bringing JED to Quinnipiac

The JED Foundation

JED works to ensure:

  • Teens and young adults are equipped to navigate mental health challenges, to seek and give help

  • Every high school and college student attends a school with a comprehensive system to support mental health

The Jed Foundation (JED) believes in a comprehensive public health approach to promoting mental health and preventing suicide. JED’s programs are grounded in our Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities, developed in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). This evidence-based model can be used to assess efforts currently being made on campus, identifying existing strengths and areas for improvement.

Beginning in Fall 2022, Quinnipiac embarked on a four-year commitment with the JED Campus organization. This non-profit 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 use and suicide prevention efforts.

This strategic partnership with JED will assess and enhance existing work and help to create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. This process is being led by an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement improvements.

Simply put: Over the next four years, we're going to look at everything we do to support student, faculty and staff mental health, and establish concrete ways to do that even better.

JED By the Numbers

370 College Partners

JED Campus has worked with more than 370 colleges and universities across the nation.

4.8M Students Impacted

JED's work with colleges and universities has positively impacted a total of 4.8 million students across the nation.

JED Committee Co-Chairs

JED Campus Committee

Faculty and staff committee:

  • Tom Ellett, chief experience officer

  • Gina Frank, dean of graduate student affairs

  • Terri Johnson, associate vice president of operations office of the provost

  • Avery Moses, director of campus life for Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Kate Palumbo, director of office of student accessibility

  • Reema Panwar, director of institutional research and strategy

  • Tami Reilly, director of fitness and well-being

  • Tony Reyes, chief of public safety

  • Lisa Scrofani, assistant director of web content strategy

  • Elicia Spearman, general counsel and vice president of human resources

  • Anna Spragg, associate vice president of human resources

  • Mark Tortora, associate director of education abroad

  • Keith Woodward, associate vice president for facilities

Student representatives:

  • Reiven Douglas, student athlete

  • Katie Kelly, graduate assistant for health and wellness

  • Jennifer Martinez, president of National Alliance on Mental Illness student group

  • Owenea Roberts, president of student government association

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