JED Campus Initiative


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln partnered with the JED Campus program in 2018 to begin a four-year project to enhance student health and well-being efforts on campus. Through this program, Nebraska seeks to strengthen and build comprehensive systems, programs and policies to support student mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention efforts.

View the JED Strategic Plan
A group portrait of the JED team



  • August: Joined JED Campus
  • November: Healthy Minds Survey administered
  • December: Campus baseline assessment completed


  • March: Committee formed and strategic planning initiated
  • August: Established Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training for the campus
  • September: Husker Student Power Belonging Survey launched
  • October: Nebraska reaches 1,500 trained suicide prevention gatekeepers


  • January: JED Campus website introduced
  • March: New position created with Fraternity & Sorority Life and Big Red Resilience & Well-being to promote well-being
  • April: Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) offered instead of in-person REACH training
  • July: Fraternity and sorority new members encouraged to complete ScreenU for alcohol
  • September: ASUN launched initiative to support student mental health and well-being


  • February: Well-being Network formed taking the place of the Well-being Collaboratives
  • March: Well-being button added on all Canvas pages for faculty, staff and students
  • March: 31 REACH trainers committed to continue to serve as trainers
  • March: Students from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts created a connection display for BRRWB that was featured on social media
  • March: Pop Up Well-being coaching began being offered in the four academic areas where students identify as feeling isolated from campus: Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the College of Education & Human Sciences
  • April: JED Campus Team prepared for students return after the pandemic
  • April: Suicide prevention display added to College of Business and on East Campus in Filley Hall
  • September: Behavioral Intervention Team was reorganized to better serve at-risk students in need of support
  • September: Student Affairs developed Student Advocacy & Support office to serve students in need of extra support navigating their college experience
  • September: Alert/Help button for anyone to report someone who needs help was made easier and refreshed
  • September: Big Red Folders printed and distributed to faculty and staff to offer mental health resources
  • September: Safety Fair tabling event promoted safe use of alcohol and 100 students engaged in conversation and shared how they stay safe when they drink
  • October: President Carter presented at the JED Campus meeting on October 14, 2021, and discussed support of suicide prevention efforts, including the postvention plan
  • October: Huskers Keep Growing campus-wide campaign initiated on October 11 with promotional videos, social media posts, and distributed clings to share messages that promote hope, resilience, connectedness and belonging
  • October: Almost 12 pounds of medication were collected at a medication take back day while over 100 students and staff received educational information
  • October: A grand opening of the East Campus Food pantry was held in conjunction with an East Campus Tailgate
  • November: BRRWB conducted the Color of Drinking survey in partnership with the Public Policy Center to track the impacts of alcohol use on campus culture and students of color
  • November: The well-being button on Canvas achieved nearly 12,000 hits since its implementation in March 2021


  • March: Creative Well-being established as the 10th dimension of well-being based on student feedback
  • March: 'Hi, How Are You' Day programming kicked off to encourage open conversations about mental health and well-being
  • March: Healthy Minds Study implemented as follow up to benchmark against the pre-JED Campus study
  • March: Well-being Assessment added to all outreach presentations
  • April: The Kearns family provides gift to support suicide prevention, mental health and well-being initiatives in memory of their son Alex
  • April: BRRWB partnered with CAPS for mental health screening at 'Hi, How Are You Day'
  • April: Creative Well-being programming established for students and staff to cultivate new dimension
  • May: UNL reaches 6,000 individuals trained in suicide prevention
  • May: Reached 9,000 responses in total on the Well-being Assessment