Mental Health

Learning Outcomes

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.

Program Descriptions

National Depression Screening Day—Depression/Bipolar/Anxiety Screening-October (sponsored by Active Minds)

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.

Web Resources

The JED Foundation

Screening for Mental Health


Mental Health of Licking County

Contact Us


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:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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