College students are a population of young adults that encounter their own set of challenges throughout their educational career. One of these challenges is the prospect of mental illness, as it is becoming more prevalent in college students today. Colleges and universities are scrambling to help their students and find solutions to this growing problem. Several programs have been designed to specifically focus on college student mental health, one of which is the JED Campus Program. The JED Campus Program follows an all-encompassing structure to assist colleges and universities in improving their mental health programming on campus. The purpose of this presentation is to examine college student mental health and the JED Campus Program. The main points of this presentation will discuss mental illness risk among college students, challenges that college counseling centers face, the JED Campus Program and current research that aligns with the components of the JED Campus Program.
Rylie Woods is a senior psychology major with a minor in interpersonal communication. She is involved in the Honors Program, BrainStorm (formerly Psychology Club), and has two on-campus jobs as a Campus Ambassador and as a Peer Advocate. After graduating and gaining experience in the field, Rylie plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in higher education.