The Jed Foundation, a national non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, has named the first 30 colleges to receive a ‘seal of approval’ for their respective mental health resources on campus.
Students beginning their college search are bombarded with a variety of metrics ranking schools on their SAT scores, acceptance rates and even the attractiveness of their students.
But the Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, wants to put one deciding factor on prospective students’ radars that they say is too often underestimated: mental health services.
According to a USA TODAY study conducted in 2006, 40% of all college freshmen’s deaths are due to suicide.
“Most mental illnesses manifest between 18 and 25, and even if they haven’t had struggles with it, it doesn’t mean they won’t face those struggles in college,” says John McPhee, the foundation’s executive director. “It’s really important that they use those things in the college selection process.”
Full story of mental health seals of approval at USA Today