SHU Receives JedCampus Seal for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Programs

News Story: March 31, 2014

Sacred Heart University was recently awarded the JedCampus seal for its mental health and suicide prevention programming. Mary Jo Mason, assistant dean of students for wellness and director of counseling for the University’s Wellness Center, along with the rest of the staff, has worked hard to build up these programs on campus and was urged by several partner organizations to apply for this honor.

The JedCampus seal is awarded to schools that exhibit comprehensive programming in both mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The success of the program is based on an evaluation of the school’s survey responses compared to the Jed Foundation’s recommended practices in mental health programming. This recognition of a school’s commitment to the emotional well being of its campus is valid for two years. Sacred Heart was among 42 schools recognized for commitment to providing comprehensive mental health programming to its student body.

“This honor is not for any one thing that we do,” said Mason. “It is the coming together of a number of our initiatives that can make a difference.”

The JedCampus seal shows students, their families and others that the school has voluntarily submitted a self-assessment survey response that is consistent with the Jed Foundation’s recommended best practices in mental health programming. The Wellness Center continues to offer suicide prevention programming on campus throughout the year as well as other initiatives. Most recently, the Center sponsored a mood check-up day for students on March 19 and is offering a “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR) training for faculty and staff.

“The staff at the Wellness Center staff is pleased and excited to be a part of a University that meets the criteria for this distinction,” said Mason. “This is a validation of the hard work and dedication not only of those of us at the Center, but of everyone on campus who cares for our students.”