February 2019 Professional Development Blog

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Dear GPACAC Members,

We all know that preparing for college is more than just academics and testing. Being emotionally ready creates the greatest opportunity for success. That being said, the Jed Foundation is a fantastic resource to teens, adults, families, communities, and schools. 

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote emotional health and prevent suicide. The Jed Foundation’s website, https://www.jedfoundation.org, offers mental health resources for three audiences: families and communities, teens and adults, and schools. These resources posted on the website include a hotline number for those experiencing mental health crises, definitions of diagnosed mental health conditions, and guides for helping others experiencing a variety of issues ranging from eating disorders to grief and loss.

In addition, the JED Foundation offers a program called Set to Go, at https://www.settogo.org/. Set to Go provides a guide for high school students transitioning to college as well as college students transitioning to adulthood. The guide contains information about self-care, social and emotional skills, and mental health/substance abuse. Furthermore, Set to Go provides insight on how major life transitions impact relationships. The Jed Foundation’s comprehensive website and Set to Go guide provide practical and insightful information that college counselors and admissions officials should consider sharing with members of their respective school/university communities. 

I encourage you to share this wonderful resource with students and colleagues. For more information and to learn how to get involved, visit the Jed Foundation website here.

Stacey Evert
President, Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling
Director of College Counseling and Guidance, Brownell Talbot School 


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