It is our hope that by educating their membership, more students who may be struggling will be identified and offered the support they need.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, recently partnered with Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), one of the largest North-American Greek-letter social college fraternities, on an initiative to bring mental-health awareness to its nearly 14,000 collegiate members in nearly 230 chapters.
The partnership, which kicked off nationwide this month, educates students on how to spot warning signs that a friend may be struggling with his emotional health, how to recognize when a problem is serious and how to get help for themselves or a friend in need. Through a training coordinated by The Jed Foundation, SAE members will be empowered to inform thousands of young people across the country about the importance of emotional health.
“The Jed Foundation is pleased to be working with a national fraternity of this caliber to bring more awareness and attention to the emotional issues that can impact today’s college students,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “It is our hope that by educating their membership, more students who may be struggling will be identified and offered the support they need.”
The subject of mental health has also taken center-stage at the White House. On June 3, the White House kicked off a National Dialogue on Mental Health. The Jed Foundation was highlighted as an important resource in this area and has committed to continuing the community conversation on mental health through partnerships with young people.
For more information, or to download the guide, go to http://www.jedfoundation.org.
About The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. Our programs include: JedCampus, a self-assessment and feedback program designed to help colleges enhance mental health programming; ULifeline, an online mental health resource; Half of Us with mtvU, which uses online and on-air programming to decrease stigma and encourage help-seeking; Love is Louder, a movement to build connectedness and increase resiliency, Transition Year, an online resource aimed at helping to ensure the smooth, safe and healthy transition of teenagers from high school to college; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote mental health and protect at-risk students.
Learn more at http://www.jedfoundation.org.
About Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Founded in 1856 at the University of Alabama, the mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for its members based upon the ideals set forth by our Founders and as specifically enunciated in its creed, “The True Gentleman.” The national headquarters, located in Evanston, Illinois, serves nearly 200,000 living members, including nearly 14,000 collegiate member on campuses in the United States.