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The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation's mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that promote awareness and understanding about emotional wellbeing and mental illness, foster help-seeking, and facilitate adoption of a comprehensive, community-based approach to promote emotional health.

College Health Surveillance Network (CHSN)

College Health Surveillance Network (CHSN) is the first national database of college students’ health data, collected from 23 student health centers at major four-year universities. College health centers are the primary source of preventive and therapeutic health services for college students. Initially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CHSN gathers data on more than 730,000 enrolled students attending a nationally representative sample of colleges and universities. CHSN data can reveal important trends regarding the health and health care of college students, a population with unique health risk factors.

The College Life Study

The College Life Study is a NIH funded project at the University of Maryland, which aims to better understand the influences that relate to the development of both positive and negative health-related behaviors in college students, identify the mechanisms by which health-related behaviors, including substance use, might interfere with the course of normal developmental processes, and to make recommendations to university policymakers, based on scientific evidence, about how and when to best identify the characteristics of students who might later experience academic difficulties, dropout, health problems, and other consequences that impact upon their ability to achieve their full adult potential.

The JED Campus Program

JED Campus is a signature program 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 use and suicide prevention efforts.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH provides information medications, learning disabilities, depression, etc.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families.

Active Minds

Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

The Community College Research Center (CCRC)

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. CCRC conducts research on the issues affecting community colleges and works with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance.


MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. The MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.


The WWC is a resource for informed education decision making. The WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy, and disseminates summary information and free reports on their website. With over 700 publications available and more than 10,500 reviewed studies in the online searchable database, the WWC aims to inform researchers, educators, and policymakers as they work toward improving education for students

The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR)

The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) conducts research to document current practices in developmental education and to rigorously assess the effects of innovative programs. The center also engages in leadership and outreach activities aimed at improving student success. CAPR identifies effective practices, assesses their scalability, and assists states and colleges in crafting policies and programs to improve outcomes for underprepared students.

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education conducts and disseminates research and policy analysis to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students.

National Institute of Drug Abuse

The National Institute of Drug Abuse supports and disseminates research on drug abuse and addiction, and ensures the use of research results to improve drug abuse prevention and treatment, and inform related policy.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Their website houses data and publications related to drug abuse and mental health topics, as well as information about their programs and campaigns that offer education, training, and technical assistance to improve the quality and delivery of behavioral health services across the nation. Read More

American College Health Association National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a national research survey of college students that collects precise data about health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. The ACHA-NCHA maps a wide range of health issues including alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, sexual health, weight, nutrition, exercise, mental health, and personal safety and violence. Read More

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