UA Awarded JedCampus Seal for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Programs

Sunday, February 9, 2014

For its mental health and suicide prevention programs, the University of Arizona has been nationally recognized with the JedCampus seal.

The UA is one of 37 schools nationwide to be awarded the seal, and is the first recipient in Arizona.

The JedCampus seal is awarded by the Jed Foundation, which works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. This is the first year the foundation has given the seal.

Valid for two years, the designation recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus.

The Jed Foundation was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow, who lost their son Jed to suicide. Jed was a sophomore at UA at the time of his death, making the seal even more meaningful to the UA.

"This is a special distinction for the UA that underscores our commitment to these important issues," said David Salafsky, director of health promotion and preventive services at the UA Campus Health Service. "We see this as another way we can keep the conversation going on how we can collectively support the mental health needs of our students."

The UA's comprehensive suicide prevention efforts include in-person trainings that teach students and employees how to ask someone about suicide; media campaigns that include educational posters, videos, newsletters and brochures; and more than 40 curriculum modules that can be used across campus. These modules were the result of work done by a group of students in the UA's John & Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, who were actively engaged in a federal grant awarded to the Campus Health Service by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Read the rest of this January 31 UANews article at the link below.

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