AASA, The JED Foundation Join Forces to Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Support in High Schools


James Minichello

Laura Vinci

Initiative represents an innovative and vital solution to the mental health crisis
among our nation’s youth

Alexandria, Va. – June 16, 2022 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading national nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for teens and young adults, have teamed up to equip school system leaders with the evidence-based tools and resources they need to support student mental health.

This work will serve as a model for how schools and systems can be supported as they contend with the growing mental health needs of students, work to improve academic and social outcomes, and create safe, connected learning environments.

JED works directly with high schools and districts through JED High School, an 18- to 24-month strategic partnership to create a culture of caring that protects student mental health, reduces substance misuse and prevents suicide. In partnership with JED, schools put in place systems, programs and policies that enhance social connectedness and positive school climate, deepen student life-skills programming, increase help-seeking behaviors, improve recognition and response to students at risk, promote well-being and access to mental health services, fortify crisis management procedures and create a safe school environment.

“We know that students across the country are in crisis, from the rising rates of depression, anxiety and suicides, to tragedies like the recent school shootings. And we know that schools are increasingly being asked to provide solutions, for which they need—and deserve—support,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We welcome The JED Foundation to our growing cadre of School Solutions Center partners. Our center has served as a long-standing resource to help districts support students, improve classrooms and benefit staff.”

“We are thrilled to work with AASA to help administrators strengthen their approaches to student well-being,” said Rebecca Benghiat, president and COO, JED. “When implementing a comprehensive approach to mental health with JED, school leaders equip students as they navigate life’s challenges, and create systems and a culture where struggling students are connected to mental health supports.”

JED is currently partnered with 66 high schools, including San Diego (Calif.) Unified School District and Yakima (Wash.) School District, among others, reaching more than 56,000 students nationwide.

For more information about JED High School, please visit jedfoundation.org/jed-high-school or email glenn@jedfoundation.org.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

About The Jed Foundation (JED)
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.