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NEW RESEARCH! JED Partners With the SPARC & Transitions RTC at the UMass Chan Medical School To Better Understand Emotional Health Challenges Of Young Professionals

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2017

NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jed Foundation (JED) today announced a project to improve understanding of the emotional health challenges faced by young adults as they transition from college to the workforce. JED and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School's Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) will work together to review the literature and survey college seniors, young professionals, employers, and college administrators about the issues young adults face during this critical transitional period, as well as what efforts are currently in place among colleges and employers to prepare and support young adults through this important phase of their lives. 

"The college-to-career transition is a critical developmental period for young adults that has received limited attention in the literature," notes Kathleen Biebel, UMass Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the study's lead investigator. "College seniors and graduates are taking on new responsibilities and obligations, which can have a profound effect on their emotional well-being, and lay the groundwork for a graduate's adult life trajectory. We are thrilled to be working with JED to bring attention to this important period in the lives of young adults."

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JED is a national leader in protecting emotional health and preventing suicide among teens and young adults. JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults. We're partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming and systems. We're equipping teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults; and we're encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.