Fresh Check Day

For detailed program information, upcoming Fresh Check Days, and event photos, visit freshcheckday.com, the official website for Fresh Check Day.

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Fresh Check Day aims to create 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
  • Challenge 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

By engaging the entire college community in this campus-wide movement, students are reminded that they are not alone and that their mental health is valued just as much as their physical health or their academic standing.

Since the first event in 2012, Fresh Check Day has grown exponentially, expanding throughout Connecticut, New England and nationwide! See where we’ve been and where we’re going by visiting freshcheckday.com/schools.

For more information about Fresh Check Day, visit freshcheckday.com

When asked what messages they took away from Fresh Check Day, here is what students had to say:

“That mental health is just as important as grades or physical health, and while it’s something really over looked it truly is important.”
“It’s important to check in with yourself and your friends/peers. It doesn’t take much effort and it could save someone’s life.”
“To be most basic: not everyone is happy, we hold responsibility to change that.”
“I learned that it is so important to check in on everyone. Everyone is fighting a battle and it is so important that they know that people are there for them. This made me realize that I am not alone, and there is always help.”
“That people care that I stay alive. This event was really great for me. Thank you.”
“That I wasn’t alone in the community and that my mental health was important to the university.”