+ The Jed Foundation TheJed Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by Phil and Donna Satow in 2000 to help students around the country dealing with mental and emotional issues.
+ Some Background Info According to the American College Health Association (ACHA) suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students Many students who commit suicide are not properly treated or diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder. Many students are under a lot of pressure and feel extremely stressed, but never address it properly.
+ Jed Satow Sophomore at University Of Arizona when he committed suicide 1998. He had been showing signs of depression and suicidal behavior weeks before he ended his life. After a bad break up with his girlfriend during winter break, Jed ended his life in his Pennsylvania family home His family and fraternity brothers were not able to recognize Jed’s warning signs and prevent his suicide. From this tragedy The Jed Foundation was born, and now spreads knowledge about suicide in college and its prevention.
Phil Satow Phil grew up in Brooklyn, New York and later Studied at Columbia University He attended college on scholarship and learned a lot about pursuing excellence and gained a broader perspective of the world. He worked as a Pharmaceutical Executive until his retirement in 1998.+ Hemet his wife in college and then married her in 1964.
+ After Phil also served in the navy and received a Master’s degree in economics. He then worked for Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies After suffering through the death of Jed, he began to question if there was anything that he could have done to prevent the tragedy. He and his wife discovered that there weren’t any organizations around to address the issue of suicide in colleges. They also found that there were hardly any resources available to those suffering from metal health problems that lead to suicide.
+ Donna Satow Donna Satow was Jed mother, who also helped establish the Jed Foundation. Before the Jed foundation, Donna was the publisher of the Columbia College alumni magazine, Columbia College Today (Jed Foundation, 2012). A member of Community Board #8 in New York City. After the death of her son, along side her husband, she co- founded the Jed Foundation to help those college students suffering from depression and on the brink of suicide. They recognized the need for a foundation that helped promote emotional health and prevent suicide in colleges nationwide.
+ Influence on Psychology Help spread awareness about depression and suicide Shaped the way college students see depression and other psychological disorders causing suicide. Help prevent suicide Work with psychologists and clinicians to develop preventive plans. They now work with a variety of professionals from different fields including student services, deans, psychological services and counselors to improve how mental health is approached on campuses across the US.