The Jed Foundation to Receive American Psychiatric Association's Prestigious Distinguished Service Award

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The Jed Foundation Recognized for Service to the Field of Psychiatry

It is such an honor to be recognized by the inspires us to continue to do all that we can to support mental health among college and university students.

The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, today announced it has been named a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) 2014 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The Jed Foundation is the sole organization honored in this year’s pool of six recipients.

Established in 1964 by the APA’s Board of Trustees, the Distinguished Service Award honors organizations and individuals that have contributed to the field of psychiatry.

“The Jed Foundation is thrilled to receive this award,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “It is such an honor to be recognized by the APA for the work we are doing, and it inspires us to continue to do all that we can to support mental health among college and university students.”

“We are pleased to award The Jed Foundation with the Distinguished Service Award for their leadership and efforts in raising mental health awareness and suicide prevention among college-age students,” said American Psychiatric Association President Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. “The Jed Foundation Founders, Phil and Donna Satow, have brought energy, vision and inspiration to an urgent health-care need.”

The Jed Foundation is being recognized along with Dr. Carl Bell, Dr. David Fassler, Dr. Ivan Goldberg, Dr. Laura Roberts, and Dr. Joel Yager.

Recipients are selected by an Executive Work Group, chaired by the APA President, and will be honored with a plaque at the Convocation Ceremony during the APA Annual Meeting on May 5, 2014 in New York City.

About The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation ( is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and colleges students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm. These programs include: The Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Us campaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Louder movement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students. Learn more at

About The American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.

Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.

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