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Georgian Court Embarks on a Survey and Assessment to Enhance Campus Mental Health Services

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What are the most significant mental health issues facing college students? Are additional services needed to improve the health and well-being of our campus community?

Questions like these will be explored and answered as Georgian Court embarks on a four-year process to become a certified JED Campus in support of student well-being and mental health. The JED Campus program is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to help schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.

The first step will be launching a campus-wide student survey starting October 30, 2023, open to all undergraduate and graduate students. The survey will be conducted through the Healthy Minds Network Study (HMS), a web-based survey that examines mental health, service utilization, and related issues among college students.

Students will receive an email invitation with a link from a University of Michigan email address that references Healthy Minds (healthyminds-GCU@umich.edu) to participate in the survey. Students should check their Georgian Court email accounts in late October. The survey will remain open until November 21, 2023.

“The survey is completely confidential, and we hope that every student will participate to ensure a variety of student perspectives and experiences. Students should be honest about their struggles and experiences with mental health issues, so we can take proactive steps to meet their changing needs,” explained Dr. Robin Solbach, Director of Health and Counseling at GCU.

Georgian Court has already formed a JED Task Force, an interdisciplinary team to assess, support, and implement program, policy, and system improvements. After the confidential assessment and survey are completed, JED subject matter experts will provide a comprehensive report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements, then continue collaborating with Georgian Court to help implement any changes.

“Georgian Court has always had a deep commitment to the emotional well-being of our students. The partnership with JED will allow us to see the impact of the great work we have already been doing, and to create positive, healthy changes for our campus community in the future,” added Solbach.

Funding for Georgian Court to embark on these projects came from a $125,000+ Mental Health in Higher Education: Community Provider Partnerships and Professional Development Grant, awarded by the Office of Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE).

Georgian Court now joins over 400 campuses engaged as a JED Campus and 530 colleges and universities across the U.S. participating in the HMS survey. The Healthy Minds Network is one of the nation’s premier research organizations contributing to adolescent and young adult mental health.

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Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.