The Jed Foundation

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The Jed Foundation (JED)
Founded 2000
Focus Suicide prevention, Mental illness
Area served
United States
Method Education
Key people
Phil and Donna Satow

The Jed Foundation (JED) is a non-profit organization that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other; partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.


"In 1998, we lost our youngest son Jed to suicide. Since then, we have worked to understand this unendurable tragedy. Although suicide was and continues to be a leading cause of death among young adults, schools had no uniform model for preventing suicide on campus. Communities struggled to overcome the shame and secrecy that prevented honest discussion of mental health. Campus prevention programs were limited in scope and priority. In 2000, we founded The Jed Foundation (JED) to surmount these hurdles and launch a blueprint for prevention. Today, JED is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to young adult mental health.

We thank our friends, partners and supporters for making this possible. We thank all of you who have accompanied us on this journey from loss to hope. Your commitment to protecting the lives of young people is transforming the conversation around mental health and mobilizing communities to action. Together we are helping students navigate the emotional challenges of college, prepare for adulthood, and thrive."

-Donna & Phil Satow

The JED Foundation is rated 4-stars by Charity Navigator, their highest rating.[1]


JED's Mental Health Resource Center:

The JED website provides essential information about common emotional health issues and provides guidance on what to do if you're worried about yourself or someone else.

JED Campus:

A nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities develop campus-wide systems, programs and policies to support mental health and prevent substance abuse and suicide. Following JED’s Comprehensive Approach, JED Campuses embark on a multi-year strategic partnership with JED to build a safety net for their students. We are currently working with nearly 170 JED Campuses.

Set to Go:

A new program that guides students, families and high school educators through the social, emotional and mental health challenges related to the transition out of high school to college and adulthood. Set to Go currently features a Transition of Care Guide, Right Fit Worksheet and other tools for students and families.


A mental health resource center for college students that provides information about emotional health issues and the resources available on their campus. It also offers a confidential mental health self-screening tool. Over 1,600 colleges and universities are registered on ULifeline.

Half of Us:

An award-winning program from JED & MTV featuring a library of free-for-use videos including PSAs, celebrities and students talking about their personal experiences with mental health and substance use. Half of Us helps young people feel less alone and encourages them to reach out for help.

Love is Louder:

A community working together to build a world where we all feel connected & supported. Co-founded by actress and singer Brittany Snow. No matter who we are, where we’re from, what we’ve experienced or what challenges we face, there are things we can do to make connection and support louder in our lives and for the people around us.

JED also partners with a number of organizations on educational and awareness campaigns and projects – learn more at – and creates guides and tools for professionals, parents and students.


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External links

  • The Jed Foundation - Official site
  • JED Campus
  • Set to Go
  • ULifeline
  • Half of Us
  • Love is Louder
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