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JED Campus

In the Fall of 2020, Clayton State University launched a partnership with JED Campus to support student mental health.  JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to help schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems to ensure that Clayton State has the strongest possible mental health safety nets.

By joining JED Campus, Clayton State demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students.  Because of this partnership, Clayton State has embarked on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but also creates positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.  The program provides us with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports, a strategic plan, and ongoing support from the JED Campus Team.

Jed Campus is a nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities enhance emotional well-being and mental health promotion efforts, reduce substance misuse, and prevent suicide among students.  Clayton State’s JED comprehensive strategic plan will objectives that include the following areas:

  • Developing life skills
  • Promoting social connectedness
  • Support for incoming students
  • Gatekeeper training
  • Increasing help-seeking behavior
  • Access to care
  • Coordination of care
  • Substance misuse support
  • Emergency response
  • Restricting Access to Potentially Lethal Means

Implementation Team

  • Spenser Emerson, Associate Director of Recreation & Wellness
  • Deirdre Harrell, Loan Officer
  • Charlie Harris, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Taralyn Keese, Lecturer of Sociology
  • Caitlin Mullins, Assistant Director, Disability Resource Center
  • Gisell Ramos, Career Counselor, Career Services
  • Christine Smith, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Shontelle Thrash, Director of Theater, Professor of Theater
  • Amirrah Nurr, Residence Director for Laker Hall, University Housing and Residence Life