MEMPHIS, TN– Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity is pleased to announce a partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Together, they are launching PIKE Lifeline, an online mental health resource center tailored from JED’s ULifeline website.
ULifeline provides college students with information about emotional health issues and the specific resources available on their campus. It also offers a confidential mental health self-screening tool.
“The Fraternity’s Health & Safety program provides strategies for students focusing on expectations, intervention, and accountability. We recognize we serve an important space, and JED’s vision fits well with our own goal of improving the health and safety of our members by providing ongoing education and mental health resources,” said Executive Vice President Justin Buck (Southeast Missouri State, Epsilon Iota ‘96).
The average onset for many mental health conditions is the typical college age range of 18 to 24 years old. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 75 percent of all individuals with an anxiety disorder will experience symptoms before age 22. Other students, who might not have clinical anxiety or depression, still suffer.
Above all else, Pi Kappa Alpha cares about the health and safety of our members and guests. With over 14,000 students representing 220 colleges and universities through North America, the Fraternity can play a vital role in mental health intervention through educational initiatives for its members, serving as advocates in the larger campus communities, and leading change by investing our manpower and experience with developing young men.