University of Toledo

JED Campus

The University of Toledo has partnered with The JED Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among young adults. 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.

JED Campus utilizes a model that focuses on four main areas:

  • Enhancing protective/preventive factors and resilience (life skills and connectedness)
  • Early intervention (identifying those at risk and increasing help seeking)
  • Availability and access to clinical services
  • Environmental safety and means restriction

Over the course of several years, JED Campus provides UToledo with a framework, assessment tools, feedback reports, ongoing technical assistance, and a comprehensive strategic approach.

Strategic Planning

  • Promote social connectedness
  • Identify students at risk
  • Increase help-seeking behavior
  • Provide mental health and substance abuse services
  • Follow crisis management procedures
  • Restrict access to potentially lethal means
  • Develop life skills

Jed comprehensive approach chart

Why is JED Needed

  • Thirty percent of people aged 18-24 live with a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression (SAMHSA, 2019).
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens and young adults (CDC, 2021).
  • 26% of 18-24 year olds reported recently having serious thoughts of suicide (CDC, 2019, CDC, 2020).
  • Among current college students, 27% have had a positive suicidal screening, 24% have serious psychological distress, and 53% suffer from loneliness. Twenty-nine percent have been diagnosed with anxiety, and 24% have been diagnosed with depression (NCHA, 2021).

UToledo Timeline

Feb. 2021

Oct. 2021

Nov. 2021

March 2022

Oct. 2022

Nov. 2022

Dec. 2022

Jan. 2023-Present

UToledo signed the agreement with the JED Foundation

Initial JED Campus Team meeting

Completed Baseline Assessment to identify current policies, programs, etc.

Hosted Campus Visit and Student Focus Groups

Completed Healthy Minds Study

Received Strategic Plan suggestions from JED

Identified sub-committees to oversee six priority areas

Sub-committees are establishing goals, objectives, and strategy


UToledo JED Campus Team

UToledo established a multi-dimensional team of dedicated faculty and staff to steer the JED Campus project. The team represents a variety of areas and populations across campus.

Dr. Linda Lewandowski portrait

Dr. Linda Lewandowski

Executive Director for University Campus Health Services

Vice Provost for Health Affairs for Interprofessional & Community Partnerships

Dean and Professor, College of Nursing

Dr. La Tasha Sullivan portrait

Dr. La Tasha Sullivan

Director, Counseling Center,
JED Campus Co-Chair

Andrea Masters, MPH, portrait

Andrea Masters, MPH

Associate Director, University Wellness and Health Promotion, JED Campus Co-Chair


JED Campus Team Members

Dr. Scott Molitor

Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney

Shelly Drouillard

Tyrel Linkhorn

Jen Sorgenfrei

Amanda Jones

Kurt Soltman

Dawn Woolford

Gina Roberts

Dr. Jyothi Pappula

Vicki Riddick

Sara Wisniewski, J.D.

Jeff Newton

Brian Jones

Alex Zernechel

Alex Lewin

Diane Miller, J.D.

Dr. John Laux

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach

Dr. Amy Riese

Emily Skibski

Dr. Sammy Spann

Sara Clark

Demond Pryor

Rodney Theis

Dr. Kasumi Yamazaki

Holly Eichner

Dr. Joseph Gamble

Brad Pierson

Jennifer Lewis

Malaika Bell

Colleen Palmer

Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Acting Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Assistant Provost for Student Success and Retention

Director, Rocket Career Center

Communication Specialist

Director, University Marketing

Associate Director, Counseling Center

 Assistant Director, Accessibility and Disability Resources

Instructor, College of Nursing

Associate Vice Provost, Enrollment Management

Director of Student Health, Family Medicine

Director, University Wellness and Health Promotion

Senior Associate General Counsel

Associate Vice President of Public Safety

Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Health and Wellness

Associate Director, Student Involvement and Greek Life

Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards

Chief of Staff, VP Government Relations

Associate Dean, Interim Chair and Professor

Professor, Educational Psychology

Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director & Director of Student Mental Health  

Director, New Student Orientation

Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students

Executive Director of Student Experience and Belonging

Executive Director of Student Engagement and Success

Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police

Director, Japanese Program and Associate Professor of Japanese

Associate Lecturer, School of Exercise Rehab Sciences

Assistant Professor, English

Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Medicine

Wellness Coach, Student Tutoring Program

Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Student Government President


Priority Area Sub-committees

UToledo established six working sub-committees to oversee each priority area. Each sub-committee is lead by two co-chairs.

  1. Develop Life Skills: Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney and Emily Skibski
  2. Promote Social Connectedness: Kurt Soltman and Andrea Masters
  3. Mental Health Training: Vicki Riddick and Dr. Cassie Haas
  4. Substance Misuse/Recovery Support: Alex Lewin and Amanda Jones
  5. Postvention Protocols and Emergency Response: Dr. LaTasha Sullivan and Amanda Jones
  6. Promote Means Safety: Chief Rodney Theis and Dr. LaTasha Sullivan

What can you do?

Need Help

NO NEED TO BE AN EXPERT. JUST BE A FRIEND. These tips should make starting a conversation about mental health a lot less awkward.

  • Keep it casual. Relax: think of it as a chill chat, not a therapy session.
  • Listen up. Let them take the lead.
  • Avoid offering advice or trying to fix their problems.
  • Let them know it’s OK to feel the way they do.
  • Make yourself available. Be the friend they can rely on.
  • Ask open-ended questions. Help them to talk, not just say “yes” or “no”.
  • Let them open up at their own speed.
  • Don’t demand answers or force them to say anything they’re not ready to.
  • Encourage them to talk to an expert.
  • Tell them you won’t ever judge them.
  • Let them know that this won’t change how you feel about them.
  • Ask them if they have seen a doctor.


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Last Updated: 5/13/24