Description & History

The Jed Foundation is a national nonprofit working to reduce the rate of suicide and prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.

The organization?s programs are guided by an expert board of mental health professionals and target all the audiences that can impact college mental health, including students, campuses, mental health professionals and parents.

Key programs include: an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning awareness campaign ( with mtvU, MTV?s college network; ULifeline (, an online resource center with a screening tool and campus-specific resources for over 1,250 colleges; a pivotal role in a landmark research study assessing the mental health needs of Virginia Tech students; a project with the American Psychiatric Foundation that helps students and parents navigate the transition into college with a focus on emotional health; and widely used tools that guide colleges through a strategic planning process when addressing mental health on campus.

About the organization

The Jed Foundation

Heather Paley
Volunteer Coordinator
(212) 288-3771
Courtney Knowles
Program Director
(212) 647-7544
Lynn Tothe
Program Coordinator
(212) 647-7544