Appalachian State University Joins “The Campus Program” to Prevent Young Adult Deaths


The National Center for Health Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified, in a past report, that there were two major causes of death among young adults: injuries from drug overdose or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.

In order to address these issues, the Appalachian State University is partnering with The Campus Program (The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program) in order to iron out and improve their support for students’ emotional and mental health.

Campus Program

The Campus Program, aimed to help universities and colleges in assessing and supporting students with substance abuse issues, mental health problems, and suicidal inclinations.

ASU is one of the participating schools in the Program, which means that it will commit to at least four years of collaboration with The Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation to implement or augment activities that will help at-risk students on its campus.

The Program comes up with a framework, guidelines, assessment tools, and assistance for the participating universities to follow and use. The guidelines are created from years of studies, reports, and surveys.

Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said that being part of The Campus Program was an important aspect of ASU’s dedication and support to its students, and that

Keeping Appalachian a welcoming and safe place requires constant vigilance, exploration, and innovation

She also said that, under the supervision of JJ Brown, the Dean of Students and Student Development Associate Chancellor, who is overseeing the resources and programs for the students and staff’s development, ASU’s assistance to its students will become better and faster.

ASU Resources

ASU offers a ton of resources for the students in need of help. The university’s Appalachian Cares has Sexual Assault Prevention, Suicide Prevention, and Alcohol and Drug Prevention, with dedicated landlines students or staff can call to ask for assistance and guidance.

The school’s guidance and counseling services are also up to task in providing self-help, prevention, and outreach activities and sessions.

John MacPhee, The Jed Foundation executive chief, said that college years is always a trying time, where many students are exposed to a new culture, learning to deal with stress and pressure in their degree programs, and planning for their future.

“We believe,” MacPhee said,

that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier campuses, and likely greater student retention

The suicide prevention program coordinator at the university, Elisabeth Cavallaor, stated that this was an exciting time for the university as ASU is one of the first institutions working with The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program.

Appalachian State University Survey

The university will complete a self-assessment survey, which will be reviewed by The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program.

The college will receive suggestions, remarks, and feedback for improvement. They will also be given planning and implementation aid.

The Campus Program is a national initiative aimed at helping schools establish support for their students’ and staff’s mental and physical well-being.

There are over 56 universities and colleges involved in the Program, involving Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University, New York University, Boston University, and Columbia University, among others.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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