Transition Year Initiative

One in ten children suffers from a mental disorder severe enough to cause some level of impairment.

All parents are excited and concerned about their child going to college. As a parent of a teenage with additional medical needs, you have further concerns about your teen’s healthy transition from High School to College.

To address this sensitive transition period, the American Psychiatric Foundation partnered with the Jed Foundation on a program to help ensure the smooth, safe, and healthy transition of teenagers from high school to college, laying the groundwork for healthy and productive college years and beyond. The Transition Year is an innovative new campaign that helps students and their families focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. At the center of the campaign is a free, customizable online resources center ( where parents and students will find:

  • Articles and resources that help parents and students understand and prepare for the emoitional transition into college life;
  • "My Transition Year" tools that let families create a personality profile for students and then complete a "Right Fit Worksheet" for each prospective school so that emotional health and wellness are considered during the college selection process;
  • Tools that help parents and students collect contact information for campus services related to wellness and emotional health;
  • Information and checklists that help parents and students differentiate between manageable emotional challenges related to the college transition and signs of a potentially larger problem;
  • Specific information and resources for families of students with a diagnosed mental health condition that help with issues like transferring care and treatment adherence to make it more likely these students will thrve at college.

Visit the webpage!

Download an article that summarizes research done with parents for the Transition Year Project.

For a list of mental health resources from Online Colleges for college students, click here.


If you, or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, click here for a list of resources.