TAMUT opts into mental health initiative

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Texas A&M University-Texarkana is joining the rest of the A&M system's schools in partaking of a mental health initiative.

The initiative is called JED Campus and is derived from The Jed foundation. JED Campus is meant to help institutions analyze and strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs to ensure the strongest mental health safety nets for students.

The JED program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports, a plan and ongoing support.

TAMUT president Dr. Ross Alexander said the university was thankful to be part of the JED Campus initiative.

"Attending college is an exciting time in the life of a student, but it's also a time of increased stress, particularly given that so many of today's students have a great number of responsibilities outside of the classroom," Alexander said. "We know that taking steps to ensure their mental health and overall well-being can have a major impact on their academic success."

The JED program will establish a campus-wide team implement improvements and complete a confidential self-assessment survey regarding mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Assessment completion will bring feedback from JED which will allow for recognition of success and opportunities for improvements. TAMUT will collaborate with JED for four years to implement enhancements to their mental health responses.

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