A Framework of Recommendations for Colleges and Universities to Support the Mental Health of Students of Color

The Equity in Mental Health Framework provides colleges and universities with ten recommendations and implementation strategies to help inform and strengthen their mental health support and programs for students of color. The Equity in Mental Health Toolkit offers additional support in implementing the recommendations in the Equity in Mental Health 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. Our goal is to better equip schools across the country to prioritize this important work. Both the Framework and Toolkit were created in partnership by The Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation (JED).


Recommendations for colleges and universities to support the emotional well-being and mental health of students of color

Additional resources, tips, and support to implement the recommendations outlined in the EMH Framework

Equity in Mental Health Framework Pilot Project Implementation Report


Why Equity in Mental Health Matters

What Others Are Saying About The Equity in Mental Health Framework

“I favor increasing the level of support available to students of color at our national college and university campuses,” says John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University “This is a very special moment and we need to seize the opportunities present here to provide the best communities for all of our students.  I think every college and university president must understand how urgent it is to tend to these dynamics.”

Created in partnership by The Steve Fund and JED

About The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the nation’s leading organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. The Fund holds an annual conference, Young, Gifted & @Risk, delivers on-campus and on-site programs and services at colleges and non-profits nationwide, and through tech partnerships provides direct services to young people of color. Learn more: Steve Fund Website | Young, Gifted & @Risk Conference | Programs and Services | Facebook | Twitter

About JED

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other; partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health. Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go (settogo.org), ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com) and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).