“Fraternities are in a position to promote a healthy sense of connectedness that can be a powerful protective factor in preventing distress and suicide," said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
The Jed Foundation and Sigma Chi International Fraternity today announced the availability of the Sigma Chi Lifeline, an online resource center designed to connect Fraternity brothers to information about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The Jed Foundation, a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of college and university students, partnered with Sigma Chi on the resource, which is now available to Fraternity brothers from more than 1,500 schools. The resource center, an affiliate site to The Jed Foundation’s ULifeline.org, provides information about a number of emotional and mental health topics. Further, Sigma Chi Lifeline provides links to local resources and on-the-ground support to help connect students to the support they need. It also includes a Self Evaluator, which was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions that college students may face.
“Fraternities are in a position to promote a healthy sense of connectedness that can be a powerful protective factor in preventing distress and suicide. Studies show that when in need, students will often turn to a friend first, and with the close-knit culture of fraternities, members are likely to be the first to notice the signs of distress in a fellow member,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “We commend Sigma Chi for providing this mental health resource center to its members. We believe this effort will help identify and protect at-risk students.”
“We are pleased to partner with The Jed Foundation on the creation of Sigma Chi Lifeline,” said Mike Church, the Fraternity’s Executive Director. “The Jed Foundation has excellent resources to help individuals address their mental health concerns, and we are proud to bring this assistance to our members. We understand the rigors of college life can be challenging and we hope to show brothers through Sigma Chi Lifeline that there is help for what may seem daunting.”
To learn more about Sigma Chi Lifeline visit jedfoundation.org or sigmachi.ulifeline.org.
About The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation (http://www.jedfoundation.org) 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 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 http://www.jedfoundation.org.
About Sigma Chi International Fraternity
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 241 universities and colleges and more than 240,000 alumni members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs, and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging its members to live by its core values and exemplify Character-in-Action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.