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JED Campus is an initiative of JED designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. JED Campuses embark on a four-year strategic partnership with JED that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps to create positive, systemic change in the campus community.


Emergency Numbers

  • VCU University Counseling Services After-Hours Line: 804-828-1234 (to page the counselor-on-call through the VCU Police)
  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454)
  • 24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text "START" to 741-741

VCU Resources & Services
University Counseling Services (UCS) 

UCS offers free individual, group, and couple's therapy services to VCU students.  Two locations are available on the Monroe Park and VCU Medical Center campuses.

  • To schedule an appointment, students must present in person to either location.
  • Crisis walk-in appointments are available Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm.
  • For after-hours emergencies, students can call the VCU Police at 828-1234 and ask to speak to the counselor-on-call.

UCS also offers an extensive variety of self-help resources.  Click on the link for more info.  Two popular self-help modules created by UCS include Stress Management and Coping with Overwhelming Feelings.

Health Promotion and Well-Being Center (The Well)  

The Well offers a wide range of services and resources for students, including info on mindfulnesssubstance use and more.  

  • Go to the bottom of the Well's homepage to see what's happening on their calendar of events.  
    • The Well offers a variety of regular weekly events, such as Mindful Monday at the Well, where anyone can drop in for meditation sessions every Monday at noon.
  • Like Ted Talks and YouTube?  The Well offers some great links on their mindfulness page.  More links are available on the Student Health Self-Help Resources page.
VCU's Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) 

CPSD offers individual and group counseling services to the Richmond community on a sliding fee scale.  No referral is needed.  To apply for services, clients can submit applications online, by fax, by mail, or in person.  Group therapy options include:

  • Anxiety Group: This group therapy program targets social anxiety, panic attacks, worry, obsessions and compulsions, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and other anxiety-related concerns. Group leaders provide education about anxiety and teach specific coping skills.
    • Sessions meet Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., September 19 to December 5, 2016
    • Fees range from $5-10 per session. 
    • Application deadline is September 12th.  Call 804-828-1183 with questions.     
  • Process Group: These are un-themed group therapy sessions open to any problem type. Enrollment is ongoing as long as seats are open. Fees range from $5-10 per session.  
Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO)

Some students with mental health conditions (such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, etc.) may qualify for services and academic accommodations through SAEO.  Health Sciences students should contact the Division for Academic Success for assistance.

Student Health Brochures


With our new launch we are still identifying ways in which parents and families can be involved. For now, continuing a open conversation with your family member and letting them know of resources on campus so that we can support them. 



  • Establish an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to engage in the JED Campus program.
  • Collaborate with experts from JED over a period of three to four years to identify opportunities for enhancement of emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
  • Take an in-depth, confidential assessment, at the beginning of the program and then again after three years, assessing current mental health promotion, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
  • Survey students using the Healthy Minds Survey to examine student attitudes, awareness and behavior related to mental health issues both at the beginning of the program and then again after three years.
  • Receive a campus visit from a JED team members to discuss the feedback report, generate improvement goals and develop action steps that serve as a roadmap to implement change on campus. Following the post-assessment, the SME will again meet with the interdisciplinary team to discuss sustainability of implemented campus change.
  • Receive ongoing support from a dedicated JED Campus Advisor who provides guidance and resources to help each school achieve its goals.
  • Are able to access the JED Campus Learning Community that includes webinars, newsletters, a discussion board, and an in-depth, on-line resource library.
  • Receive the JED Campus membership seal signifying their commitment to student well-being.

We will be focusing on all areas of mental health, paying close attention to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Stress 
  • Substance Abuse


Yes, please reach out to the Wellness Resource Center ( They have started a ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) or you can reach out to Counseling Services by emailing Dr. Aziz at


The JED strategic plan will be a ongoing process for VCU, we will have the assistance of the JED Foundation through 2020. 


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