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USJ Discusses Mental Health at Annual Fresh Check Day

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On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held Fresh Check Day, the annual signature event of the Jordan Porco Foundation. The organization – which aims to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults – began this event in 2012 to help colleges start a campus conversation about mental health.

“Suicide is a difficult topic,” said Tracey Robinson, M.A., LPC, ’06, M’08, instructor of Psychology. “Fresh Check Day provides a supportive, safe, and caring environment to connect with others who recognize the importance of addressing the issues of suicide and suicide prevention.”

From Campus Ministry and the Dance Ensemble to the Counseling and Wellness Center, departments and groups across campus participated in the event, setting up booths where students could learn more about mental health resources on campus, in the community, and nationwide. Students were educated on the warning signs of suicidal behavior, experienced an obstacle course while wearing drunk goggles, painted masks, enjoyed time with therapy dogs, and more.

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