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JED Campus and The Healthy Minds Study

The University of Mississippi is dedicated to understanding and addressing issues related to students’ mental health through scientifically rigorous research. Now, we need your help! #UMlistens

About the JED Foundation

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JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of our country’s 40 million high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. We collaborate with schools to enhance their mental health and suicide prevention programming and systems; develop expert resources and create powerful partnerships so that students have the support they need, when and how they need it; and educate and empower young adults, families and the community to take action for the cause. Together, we’re ensuring America’s students grow into thriving adults.

Our Partnership with JED Campus

The University of Mississippi has joined JED Campus, a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. The University of Mississippi is developing a strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done at UM, but helps to create positive, systemic change in the campus community. The University of Mississippi has establish an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team that includes senior leadership to assess, support and implement improvements with assistance from the JED Campus team.

After taking an in-depth, confidential assessment evaluating our current mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts, JED’s clinical team will provide a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancement. The more data we have, the better opportunity we will have to prioritize, strengthen, and develop programs that benefit the personal and academic goals of all students!

A JED expert will also visit our campus for an onsite meeting to develop a strategic plan tailored to UM’s individual needs that will serve as a roadmap to implement enhancements over the course of the program. Throughout the process, The University of Mississippi will collaborate with a dedicated JED Campus Advisor who will provide ongoing support and resources to help us achieve our goals.

In addition, The University of Mississippi will have the opportunity to engage with the JED Campus Learning Community – a network of JED Campus schools – to share information on specific topics of interest that emerge from the community’s work with JED, as well as have access to an in-depth, online resource library.

In recognition of our efforts, The University of Mississippi will receive the JED Campus membership seal to signify our commitment to student well-being.

The Healthy Minds Study

From February 8- March 5, 2021, the University of Mississippi, with the support of JED Campus, will be conducting The Healthy Minds Study! The survey emphasizes how to understand help-seeking behavior, stigma, knowledge and other potential barriers to using mental health services. UM will then use this anonymous data to evaluate needs, priorities, programs and policies, as well as plan for services and programs and advocate for mental health resources. Students who are randomly selected will be emailed an invitation from and a link to the survey. This survey will provide our campus with a detailed picture of mental health and related issues in UM student population. We plan to utilize this data to identify needs and priorities, benchmark against peer institutions, evaluate programs and policies, plan for services and programs, and advocate for resources.

Privacy & Confidentiality

The Healthy Minds Study is designed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants. HMS is approved by the Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board at University of Michigan. To further protect respondent privacy, the study is covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health.

Benefits to Participating 

The Healthy Minds data provides a detailed look at the prevalence of mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, disordered eating, suicidal ideation, self-injury), service utilization, and related behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge among a representative sample of students at UM. The survey has a special emphasis on understanding help-seeking behavior, examining stigma, knowledge, and other potential barriers to mental health service utilization.

Learn More

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If you’re in crisis, please reach out!

Emergency Services 9-1-1 Call 9-1-1 if you are suicidal or need emergency medical assistance
University Police Dept. (662) 915-7234 Ask to speak to an on-call counselor
Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255


24/7 support line for anyone experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress Languages: English, Spanish.
Mississippi Department of Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response Team (877) 210-8513 Teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide community-based crisis services in the location where the person is experiencing the crisis.
Violence Intervention and Prevention Services (662) 915-1059 (daytime)

(662) 915-4911 (after hours)

The after-hours number will be directed to UPD. Ask to speak to an on-call counselor
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 This helpline is specific to helping with COVID-19 stress
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE (4673) 24/7 online chat also available at