Equity in Mental Health Framework

Made possible by the Jed Foundation and the Steve Fund, the Equity in Mental Health Framework was created to help colleges and universities support and enhance the mental health of students of color. Anxiety, depression, and stress are sadly common features of many college students’ lives as they confront various challenges of campus life and the transition to adulthood. Research indicates that students of color at American academic institutions are almost twice as likely not to seek care when they feel depressed or anxious compared to white students. The Framework provides higher education leaders, administrators, and providers of student services with a set of ten actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies to help strengthen their activities and programs to address the mental health disparities facing students of color. The Equity in Mental Health Framework Toolkit offers additional support in implementing the recommendations found in the Framework, including supporting campus-based efforts to reduce shame and prejudice around mental illness, increase responsiveness, improve campus climate, and provide system wide opportunities to help all students thrive. The Toolkit was primarily designed to support college/university administrators and providers, but can be of use to students, families, and communities as well.

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