The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit working to promote emotional health among college students, has partnered with the American Psychiatric Foundation to launch the Transition Year, an online resource center that helps students and their families focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.
According to research from the American College Health Association, emotional issues like depression, anxiety and stress, are leading impediments to academic success among college students. Data from a 2009 study by The Jed Foundation, mtvU and the Associated Press found that half of all college students had been too stressed to function academically or socially over the last semester. The same survey found that 13 percent of college students had been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their lives and that 10 percent reported signs of moderate to severe depression.
For most young people, college represents independence, exploration and growth, and The Transition Year can help parents and students understand and embrace those transitions. The program also includes specific information and resources for families with a student who has emerging mental health problems or a previously diagnosed condition.
Free resources and tools available through this site include:
- Interactive tools that help families consider emotional health when selecting a college
- Campus-specific information on mental health and wellness resources
- Articles and checklists for parents and students
- Advice on differentiating between manageable emotional challenges and potentially larger problems
- Specific information and resources for families of students with a diagnosed mental health condition
- Research and development for Transition Year supported by an educational grants from McNeil Pediatrics & Eli Lilly and Company.
Development of www.transitionyear.org was supported by a grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.