Northern Arizona University recently joined the national Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program to assess and enhance mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus.
The Campus Program is a nationwide initiative designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional well-being and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among students.
“Becoming a part of the campus program is a result of the collaborative efforts of multiple departments across campus,” said Melissa Griffin, health promotion manager at NAU Campus Health Services. “This elevates NAU’s national recognition and is just one way to showcase the university’s proactive efforts as it relates to student safety and suicide prevention.”
NAU is committed to enhancing student well-being through various initiatives and programs including suicide prevention training through Kognito and Campus Connect, on-call counseling services and more.
Participating schools make a four-year commitment to work with the program to evaluate and identify opportunities to strengthen activities on campus. The program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance.
The program is a joint initiative of the Jed Foundation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students, and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which works to improve the health and well-being of people throughout the United States across all generations.