Feb. 07, 2014

College Receives JedCampus Seal for Promoting Emotional Health

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GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo is among 40 campuses in the United States to receive the JedCampus Seal for promoting the emotional health of its students.

The award comes from The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The seal recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. The seal is part of the foundation’s JedCampus program, the first nationwide program to facilitate a school’s ability to assess and enhance their mental health support system from a campus-wide perspective. The recognition is valid for two years.

"At Geneseo, we are very proud of our efforts to support our students’ well-being,” said Melinda DuBois, administrative director for student health and counseling. "We understand the importance of providing a safe place for our students to learn and grow, which is why we strive for excellence in making Geneseo a healthy and supportive community. We also acknowledge that the feedback we have received from the Jed Foundation will enable us to focus our efforts for improving our student support services, and we look forward to working with the entire campus community to foster the well being of our students,” she said.

As part of the process to earn the Seal, SUNY Geneseo took a voluntary, online self-assessment reviewing campus mental health and suicide prevention programming. The Jed Foundation then compared the school’s responses to the recommended practices outlined in "The Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention on College and University Campuses" developed by The Jed Foundation and Suicide Prevention Resource Center. As part of this process, SUNY Geneseo received confidential feedback designed to help enhance its programming and resources.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce the schools in the nation to receive the JedCampus Seal. Schools like SUNY Geneseo have shown they employ a comprehensive, community-based approach to mental health care which will result in the identification of and care for more at-risk students,” said John MacPhee, executive director of The Jed Foundation. “We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health promotion will lead to safer, healthier campuses, and possibly greater student retention.”

Media Contact:
David Irwin
Director of Media Relations
(585) 245-5516
Irwin@geneseo.edu