Three Rivers Community College recognized for focus on mental health of students

Norwich -- The Jed Foundation, which works to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students, named Three Rivers Community College as one of 30 colleges nationwide to earn its new JedCampus Seal in recognition of its comprehensive approach to mental health.

Three Rivers and Yale University in New Haven were the only Connecticut colleges among the 30.

Using a suicide prevention grant, Three Rivers increased efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention on campus, using the seven steps of the Jed Framework as an outline, the college said today in a news release. The grant enabled the creation of the Ally Program, which uses trained students and staff to identify and work with students at risk for mental health problems.

Three Rivers’ counseling center provides support services to students, faculty and staff, and offers life skills workshops in time management, anxiety, and non-traditional student support groups. The college also offered drop-in counseling services and seminars about healthy relationships.

Programs focusing on fitness, wellness, stress, nutrition and substance abuse are offered through the college’s Student Programs Office. The deans of students and administration also worked on crisis management and created and advisory board of mental health community organization representatives.

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