The Jed Foundation has announced that University of the Sciences is one of 30 schools to receive the JedCampus Seal for the University’s commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. The seal indicates USciences is providing comprehensive, campus-wide, mental health and suicide prevention programming to its students.
“We are excited and proud to have our work recognized in this way,” said Karen Levinson, Ph.D., the associate director of counseling at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). “The size of our University community has allowed the Counseling Center to build direct relationships with faculty and staff in other departments, and solicit the involvement of administrators and other community members in crafting policies and procedures, as well as identifying and supporting students who may be struggling.”
With research showing suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and 21 percent of college students reporting they’ve received a psychiatric diagnosis or treatment for a mental health issue in the past year, the mental and emotional health of college students has been in the spotlight lately. With the JedCampus Seal, USciences aims to do its part in looking out for the holistic health of its students.
JedCampus is the first nationwide program designed to help colleges and universities assess and improve their mental health and suicide prevention programs. Every college and university is encouraged to participate in the program, especially with President Obama calling for the development of more programs addressing mental and emotional health needs, as well as suicide prevention. JedCampus’ goal is to promote suicide prevention and health awareness, and the organization plans to achieve this goal by:
- Working with leaders in higher education to create programming that helps students understand that emotional well-being is achievable and suicide is preventable.
- Educating the public on the warning signs of suicide and emotional distress
- Creating an environment where people who need help do not feel ashamed to ask for it
- Strengthening resilience and teaching coping skills
- Promoting a community-based approach to help those in need
- Pushing to make mental health services a more important part of the college selection process
For more information on the program, visit www.jedcampus.org.
Mental and emotional health counseling is provided at USciences by SHAC. Student Counseling Services offers individual counseling, educational/outreach programming, and psychiatric consultations. Counseling services are free and confidential. Some of the topics routinely covered include depression and anxiety, substance abuse, eating concerns, relationship breakups, roommate conflicts, home-sickness, sexuality, and family pressures.
“Our relationships across campus have given us the opportunity to create a wider safety net and more powerful intervention and hopefully results in students feeling more supported, especially at times when they may face obstacles that interfere with academic success,” said Levinson.
Anyone interested in making an appointment can reach Student Counseling Services at 215-596-8536.