JED Campus Foundation

UGA JED Campus Updates

The JED Foundation (JED) provides a comprehensive public health approach in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide and serious substance abuse.

  • On June 10 – 11, representatives from the JED Foundation met with UGA’s Well-being and Success Network Coordinating Team via Zoom for the initial site visit.
  • From Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, the University of Georgia administered the Healthy Minds Study, a web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students.
  • In process: Development of a strategic plan for promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide and serious substance abuse
  • In process: Campus education and engagement services and a mental health resource library

JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation designed to help colleges and universities enhance emotional well-being and mental health promotion efforts, reduce substance abuse, and prevent suicide among students. (JED Campus Member seal attached)

In the Fall of 2020, the University System of Georgia launched a comprehensive plan to significantly expand student mental health services. As part of the plan, USG dedicated resources for a partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED) to help campuses create a long-term strategic plan while implementing immediate actions and programs on to support student mental health on campus. JED provides a comprehensive public health approach in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide and serious substance abuse. JED services include the development of a campus-specific strategic plan, advising support in implementing the plan, campus education and engagement services and a mental health resource library for campus use.

At UGA, the Well-being and Success Network Coordinating Team meets monthly, working with JED advisers to build and implement UGA’s Well-being and Success Strategic Plan. This team completed a campus-wide assessment of UGA’s programs, systems and challenges. In addition, student data was gathered through the Healthy Minds Survey. Student survey data, student focus group sessions, and the campus assessment informs the development of a draft strategic plan for the campus.

Beau Seagraves (chair), associate dean of students and director of Student Care and Outreach

Kiz Adams, UGA well-being coordinator, Human Resources

Grace Bagwell Adams, assistant dean for outreach, engagement, and equity and associate professor, College of Public Health

Erin Benson, director of the Disability Resource Center

Maggie Blanton, assistant director for services, Division of Academic Enhancement

Megan Bramlett, PhD student, College of Public Health

Julia Butler-Mayes, director, Academic Advising Services

Marshall Chalmers, associate general counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

Jan Barham, associate dean of students and director of the Tate Student Center

ShaRonda Cooper, director of Multicultural Services and Programs

Chris Corbett, director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Carla Dennis, director of administrative services and communications, University Housing

Adam Fouche, deputy chief, UGA Police

Gary Green, assistant dean of academic affairs and professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Ilir Hasko, associate CIO for student information services, EITS

Jennifer Hester, associate director of outreach and collaboration, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Stan Jackson, assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs

Linda Kasper, executive director of University Housing

Shannon Marable, director of architecture & identity management, EITS

Alison McCullick, director of community relations, Government Relations

Ben Myers, associate vice president, chief information security officer, EITS

Liz Prince, director of Health Promotion and the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education

Kaori Sakamoto, associate professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Carrie Smith, assistant dean of students for Student Care and Outreach

Arial Treakler, director of clinical services and psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Kelly Truesdell, assistant director of Health Promotion and Community Outreach

Misha Ul-Islam, student

Josh Welch, director of Greek Life

Keith Wenrich, director of Recreational Sports