Three students at a table outside during Fresh Check Day

Mental health is important not only in the midst of a busy semester, but all year long. Fresh Check Day is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health. Join your fellow Bulldogs for the 5th Annual Dean College Fresh Check Day today, October 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the picnic grove to check in on your own mental health at this fun, supportive fair.

“Fresh Check Day provides students an opportunity to check in on their own mental health, learn new coping skills, recognize signs of distress in peers and receive campus and community resources,” said MaryAnn Silvestri, M.Ed., LMHC, Director of Counseling Services. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students; it is estimated that one in four students attend college with a mental health diagnosis. There is a true need for suicide prevention, promoting positive emotional health and reducing the stigma often connected to getting support for mental health conditions.”

Fresh Check Day, now in its fifth year at Dean, offers educational resources and healthy strategies, as well as fun, interactive activity booths run by students, faculty and staff. This year will also feature music, food trucks, comfort dogs, prizes and giveaways.

Fresh Check Day is sponsored by The Jordan Porco Foundation. 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.

Learn more about student health and counseling services at Dean or contact the Counseling Services Office at 508-541-1838.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only and not intended for emergencies. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or in need of immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

24/7 resources are available:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 988

Crisis Text Line text HOME to 74174