We intend that students who participate in Mental Health Awareness programs will:
- Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health illnesses.
- Understand the impact of mental health on student success.
- Identify mental health resources and coping strategies.
- Understand stigma and misconceptions around mental health.
National Depression Screening Day—Depression/Bipolar/Anxiety Screening-October (sponsored by Active Minds)
- A NASD screening form for students to complete
- A Friends and Family Questionnaire to complete if you are concerned a family member
- Educational materials on stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns
This program is conducted anonymously for all participants
Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Fresh Check Day: Suicide Prevention Program. Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), brought to Denison by Whisler Center for Student Wellness to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to Denison’s campus. It is a celebratory fair-like event that includes: Interactive expo booths Peer-to-peer messaging Support of multiple campus departments and groups Free food and Entertainment Exciting prizes and giveaways
Fresh Check Day creates an approachable atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health. Fresh Check Day helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level. Using a peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes student groups in addition to college/university staff to develop and execute interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource information in a fun and engaging way. The program’s primary goals are to:
- Increase awareness of mental health resources and services available to students
- Reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health and suicide that often deter individuals from seeking help.
- Empower peers to be gatekeepers by understanding warning signs and knowing what to do if a friend is exhibiting signs of suicide or a mental health concern.
- Increase willingness to ask for help if experiencing emotional distress.
We intend that students who participate in the stress management programs will:
- Identify stressors that influence academic & personal balance.
- Recognize the physiological and psychological signs when experiencing stress.
- Articulate and utilize appropriate strategies to cope with and manage stress.
- Recognize support and resources on campus.
- Gather information on current stress management techniques and evaluate personal relevance.
Stress is an inevitable part of life; it can take a toll on students’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and academic success unless they learn to manage it appropriately. College students experience stress related to changes in lifestyle, increased workload, new responsibilities, and interpersonal relationships. Learn how to manage stress by attending a destress fest or another stress management program.
Destress Fests—Stress Reduction Programs: Offered prior to mid-terms and finals we provide resources for the following: These events allow students to take a break from studying and unwind with some fun and relaxing activities. The De-Stress Fest events differ slightly each time but normally include the following: Information on stress and how to relieve stress and test anxiety, tips and strategies to manage stress in different ways, relaxation techniques, chair massages, activities: crafts, games, adult coloring books, therapy dogs, food and refreshments
Time out Tuesdays: A monthly program designed to give students a short break from classes during the lunch hour to destress. This program offers a variety of stress relief activities including: therapy dogs, coloring pages, make your own stress ball or aromatherapy sock, healthy snacks and more.
Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff
*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.
Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:
No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: