SIU Hosts Fresh Check Day to Support Student Mental Health

SIU Hosts Fresh Check Day to Support Student Mental Health

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) – Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting Fresh Check Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 1. 22.

According to SIU, this event brings the entire campus community together and serves as a “checkpoint” for the well-being and mental health of students and to ensure they have access to valuable resources.

The free event is organized by Student Health Services in conjunction with campus departments and units, student volunteers, and representatives from the Jordan Porco Foundation, which originated the concept.

The Morris Library lawn will be transformed into a fun exhibit with interactive exhibits and booths, snow cones and other treats, prizes and giveaways.

There will be peer discussions and resource information, all presented in a positive, community-focused setting.

The SIU held its first Fresh Check Day in 2017, thanks to the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant “Salukis on Your Side” and the Jordan Porco Foundation, a nonprofit created by Ernie and Marisa Porco in honor of their son who died by suicide. as a freshman.

The foundation seeks to promote mental health and prevent suicide by reducing the stigma of seeking help and giving young adults a message of hope and support.

Likewise, SIU and its student health services, as well as campus-wide partners, are working to provide support and information and to build relationships.

In case of bad weather, the Fresh Check Day will take place in the Faner Breezeway.

For more information, visit the event website or contact Shelly Ridgeway at rachelle.ridgeway@siu.edu or 618-536-4441.

Contact SIU Counseling and Psychology Services at 618-453-5371 if you or someone you know needs support or help.

The National Suicide and Crisis Hotline is open 24/7 and can be reached by calling or texting 988.

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