As families and communities, we invest a tremendous amount of time, energy and resources getting our children to college.Yet despite our love and careful planning, we may find ourselves unprepared for the issues that prevent our children from succeeding.
For most young people, college represents independence, exploration, and growth. For some — particularly students dealing with existing or emerging emotional difficulties — college can be an extraordinarily tough, even dangerous, time.
The Jed Foundation knows about the complex transition from high school to college. Our experience shows parents can benefit from having the right information and resources to help them anticipate, plan for, and protect the emotional health of their college-age children.
While nothing can take the place of professional medical advice, this guide was designed with input from authorities on college mental health. We hope it will help you smooth your own child’s transition to college, and lay the groundwork for emotionally healthy and productive times for years to come.
Founder, The Jed Foundation