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New Jersey Higher Education Mental Health Summit

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Hosted at Seton Hall University

The mission of the New Jersey Higher Education Mental Health Summit is to gather leaders and front-line practitioners from colleges and universities across the state for a one-day conference to share best practices and to learn from one another about what is working in the field and on our campuses to best support our students.

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Now more than ever, institutions consider the challenges facing students. According to data from the 2023 Health Minds Survey:

  • 44% of college students reported symptoms of depression.
  • 37% experienced anxiety.
  • 15% said they were considering suicide.

All areas of higher education institutions are affected by and need to be engaged in responding to this pressing issue. This Summit connects university faculty and administrators across New Jersey with mental health leaders. It is open to all New Jersey’s higher education communities.

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2024's Keynote Speaker 

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Darryl McDaniels 

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is co-founder of the legendary group Run-DMC, selling over 40 million albums and changing music history. The first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and the first to appear on MTV, Grammy nominated Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language, and made American history. In 2009, DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

He is a passionate mental health advocate. He has co-authored 2 top selling autobiographies “King of Rock: Respect Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC” (St. Martin’s Press) and “Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide” (Harper Collins). In 2014, DMC started his comic book company, Darryl Makes Comics. As co-founder of the award-winning nonprofit Felix Organization, celebrating its 15th anniversary, he has worked to enrich the lives of children in the foster care system. In 2019, he partnered with the team at Uwill as an investor and mental health advocate, supporting the mental health and wellness needs of colleges and students.


The NJ Higher Education Mental Health Summit sponsors are the driving force behind the success of this event, and we are immensely grateful for their support. Learn more about these industry leaders and innovators who share our commitment to advancing knowledge, fostering connections, and driving positive change in higher education mental health.

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