WASHINGTON — EVERFI Inc., a leading education technology innovator, and The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, today announced a strategic partnership to develop Mental Well-being for Students, a new digital learning course to equip undergraduates with essential skills and information to navigate the stressors and emotional challenges associated with college life. Mental Well-being for Students will be available for implementation by colleges and universities in the fall of 2019.
Colleges and universities today face significant increases in the number of students visiting campus counseling centers — up more than 30 percent since 2009 according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. A recent study from the World Health Organization found that 35 percent of incoming college students worldwide have a diagnosed mental health condition, while EVERFI data indicates that 14.4 percent of incoming students have seriously considered attempting suicide, with 8.5 percent having made a plan for doing so.
“At EVERFI, we are compelled to address the growing demand for student mental health services within institutions of higher education by providing scalable solutions that deliver essential information and skills to support the emotional well-being of all learners,” said Craig Chanoff, President of Higher Education at EVERFI. “We are proud to collaborate with JED, the leading nonprofit working to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.”
Many institutions of higher education are striving to meet the needs of their community members beyond the academic setting. They recognize the benefits that exist in educating and supporting the whole person. Population-level mental health education is an important step in that journey.
“While there is broad recognition that mental health is a critical issue for individual students, health educators and counselors need scalable prevention and support strategies to reach as many students as possible on their campuses,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of JED. “We are excited to partner with EVERFI in the development of programming to empower undergraduate students with the knowledge and tools to help navigate mental health challenges for themselves or a friend.”
One in five teens and young adults live with a mental health condition, and three quarters develop one by age 24, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. JED’s research indicates that 75 percent of students are likely to turn to a friend when faced with stress or emotional challenges. Together with JED, EVERFI is driving lasting, large-scale change on student mental health by providing all learners with concrete skills to develop and maintain emotional health, manage interpersonal challenges, seek help for themselves, and support peers in need. This collaboration is the latest step in both EVERFI and JED’s ongoing efforts to support student well-being from early childhood through adulthood.
EVERFI and JED will co-host “From High School to College: Supporting Student Mental Health During the Transition” on May 21, 2019, at 1:00 PM ET. Register now at everfi.com/student-wellbeing-webinar to learn more about this timely topic and the forthcoming Mental Well-being for Students course.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise technology powering prevention education, data analytics, and research for more than 1,350 higher education institutions. Serving more than 5 million learners annually, EVERFI helps its college and university partners create safer, healthier, and more inclusive campus communities. Through online prevention education and compliance training, policy and program guidance, professional development, data insights and performance benchmarking, EVERFI delivers solutions that make colleges and universities great places to live, learn, and work. EVERFI is the pioneer in tackling society’s most important intractable issues through the power of education and as the convener of thought leadership consortiums including the Campus Prevention Network, Digital Wellness Network, Financial Capability Network, and the Prescription Drug Safety Network. To learn more about EVERFI visit everfi.com/highered or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI.
About The Jed Foundation (JED)
The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our 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.
Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out JED’s programs including JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go (settogo.org), ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com) and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).