CGCC Becomes JED Campus

September 18, 2018

We are excited to announce that Columbia Gorge Community College has become a JED campus starting Fall of 2018.  JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student mental health and suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts.

By becoming a member of JED Campus, a school demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The JED Campus program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance from the JED Campus team of clinicians.  

JED Campus participation includes administration of the Healthy Minds Study, an annual web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among college students. The study has a special emphasis on understanding service utilization and help-seeking behavior, including factors such as stigma, knowledge, and the role of peers and other potential gatekeepers. The study also allows colleges and universities to examine how mental health symptoms predict academic outcomes such as GPA and retention.

CGCC’s membership in JED Campus begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program improvements and taking a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, CGCC will collaborate with the JED Campus team to help implement enhancements.

 

If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to be a part of CGCC’s JED Campus team, please contact Shayna Dahl, Student Support Services Coordinator, 541-506-6046; sdahl@cgcc.edu.