IW joins JED Campus

The university announced Wednesday it will take part in the nationwide initiative

MT. PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan University announced on Wednesday that it has joined JED Campus, a program under the JED Foundation.

JED Campus is a nationwide initiative “designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of developing comprehensive systems, programs and policies with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts,” according to the foundation’s website.

In the university’s news release about joining the initiative, Dr. Rebecca Beckner, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Students said the campus is “very excited to begin [their] work with JED Campus and look forward to the next several years of collaborating to improve [their] support efforts” for students.

“Our goal is to promote the well-being of our students and staff while responding with research-based best practices in providing intervention for those who may need it,” Beckner said.

As part of the JED Campus, IW will be assembling an interdisciplinary, campuswide team to “assess, support and implement program, policy and system improvements” for the campus’ mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. The team will complete an assessment, which will be used by JED Campus clinicians to provide IW with “comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements.”

Following the feedback report, IW will continue to work with JED in the following four years to implement the suggested enhancements.