Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Champlain College has partnered with JED Campus to Support Student Mental Health. As a member of JED Campus, Champlain College is demonstrating its commitment to the emotional well-being of our students.
JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of The JED Foundation, designed to help schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems to ensure that schools provide the strongest possible mental health safety nets.
Over four years, as a JED Campus school, Champlain College will:
We believe that implementing a college-wide approach to mental health promotion will lead to safer, healthier students, and possibly greater student retention.
Develop Life Skills
Supporting life skills education is valuable in teaching healthy ways to cope with the stress of college life. Some of the life skills that are important to a student's well-being include managing friendships and relationships, problem solving, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, healthy living, and finding life purpose, meaning and identity.
Promote Social Connectedness
Research has shown that loneliness and isolation are significant risk factors for mental health problems and/or suicidal behavior. Therefore, supportive social relationships and feeling connected to campus, family and friends are protective factors that can help lower risk.
Identify Students at Risk
It is important to take action to identify students at risk for mental health problems and/or suicidal behavior, and also to promote emotional health awareness among those who interact with students the most—"gatekeepers" such as residence hall staff, academic advisors, faculty and even fellow students—as it is vital for these people to be able to recognize and refer a student who might be in distress.
Increase help-seeking behavior
Many students who need help may be reluctant or unsure of how to seek it out. Obstacles to help-seeking include lack of awareness of mental health services, skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment, prejudices associated with mental illness, and uncertainty about costs or insurance coverage. Campuses should engage in a variety of activities designed to increase the likelihood that a student in need will seek help.
Restrict access to potentially lethal means
It has been well established that if the means to self-harm are removed or limited in an environment, it can prevent suicide and even limit accidental deaths. This is called "means restriction." Limiting students' access to weapons, poisonous chemicals and rooftops, windows or other high places are all means restriction activities. Each campus should do an environmental scan for potential access to lethal or dangerous means.
Follow crisis management procedure
The campus should have access to a well-publicized 24/7 crisis phone and/or chat line either through campus resources or local/national services. There should be a process in place to share information (as legally appropriate) between local ERs and school health and/or counseling services.
Provide mental health and substance abuse services
It is essential to offer accessible, consistent and high-quality mental health services to students. To make mental health and substance abuse care more comprehensive, it should include strong and flexible services, adequate staffing levels and staff diversity reflective of the student population, flexibility in treatment approaches, and clinic hours that are reflective of student schedules. Since most college clinics are free, the length of treatment is often limited. Therefore, it is important that campus mental health services can assist students in finding off-campus resources that can provide long-term care if needed.
Thursday, November 7, 2019: Launch Healthy Minds survey to all traditional students
Wednesday, November 27, 2019: Healthy Minds survey closes
February 2020: JED Campus team visit Champlain (Note: student focus groups will be a part of the campus visit)
March 2020: JED Campus shares recommendations