Kent State Partners With the Jed Foundation to Assess and Enhance University’s Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Programming

Kent State University’s Division of Student Affairs has partnered with the Jed Foundation Health Matters Campus Program, which is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming.  

During the four-year partnership, the Jed Foundation will work closely with administration across the entire Kent State eight-campus system to evaluate and identify opportunities to help students become emotionally healthy before they reach the point of crisis.

“As we review services and programs to meet the unique needs of each campus, our participation in this program demonstrates Kent State’s commitment to promoting emotional well-being and enhancing substance abuse and suicide prevention programming for all students,” says Shay Little, Ph.D., Kent State’s interim vice president for student affairs.

The first phase of the project was recently completed when representatives from the eight Kent State campuses responded to a 128-question self-assessment about the mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming that is currently taking place on all campuses. 

The strategic planning phase will begin in March when Nance Roy, Ed.D., clinical director of the Jed Foundation, will share the assessment results and consult with the professionals on every Kent State campus with responsibilities related to mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention to plan and implement program improvements.

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