Sandi Rose-Zak Wellness Education and Promotion Coordinator
Eastern Connecticut State University will host Fresh Check Day on October 11, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Sports Center Complex. This popular expo-like event brings the campus community together to “check-in” on mental health. Improving mental health, reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and developing strategies for resiliency is what this event is all about. Students will learn of various techniques for reducing stress, ways in which to help a friend in need and resources for campus support.
The greatest support comes from friends on campus! This is why the activities of the day are supported by student led clubs with peers who know and understand the importance of good mental health. There will be more than 14 clubs or student groups represented, hosting a variety of activities, to include making stuffed animals to give to a friend in need, tie dye t-shirts, positive notes of compassion and thanks, and much more. There will be an obstacle course, (“because we all need a little help to get over the wall”), sound massage therapy, therapy dogs, wellness screenings, free food, prize items and giveaways!
Eastern Connecticut State University was the first school in the country to host Fresh Check Day with support from the Jordan Porco Foundation, whose mission is to prevent suicide in the college age population. What started as one Fresh Check Day at Eastern in 2012 has grown to over 300 Fresh Check Days at more than 150 colleges and universities in 37 states, impacting more than 40,000 college students – and these numbers continue to grow! Those who have attended Fresh Check Day events report they have a sense of community, they are not alone and they are valued!
For more information about Fresh Check Day contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be contacted at 1-800-273-8255.