Fresh Check Day 2018
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. The American College Health Association found that, in the past year, more than 30 percent of college students felt so depressed that it was difficult to function. Whisler Center for Student Wellness and Active Minds, in conjunction with The Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), is hosting the second annual Fresh Check Day on April 19, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 in Reese Shakelford Commons. JPF is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation, located in Hartford, CT. The Porco family began the foundation in 2011 following the death of their son Jordan by suicide. The Mission of The Foundation is to prevent suicide in the college, college entry, and high school population. Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair-like event that includes interactive expo booths, live music, free food, exciting prizes and giveaways. Capitalizing on the research supported peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes peer groups to staff interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource messaging in a fun and engaging way. Since the first Fresh Check Day in 2012, over 23,000 young adults have engaged in this suicide prevention event.
Please join us! The event is open to the Denison community, there is national attention on this program and we hope we are setting a new precedent for engaging suicide prevention programming for college students.