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There is no "I" in Fresh Check Day

The power of planning committees

Planning Fresh Check Day is a lot of work! We get it and we want to help!

The best advice we have for schools who may be overwhelmed in the planning process is to not do it all yourself. We have built a framework that breaks planning your program into manageable pieces. If you haven't yet created a comprehensive planning committee and delegated roles and responsibilities, then now is the time!

Who should be on your committee? It varies school to school but some essential players include representatives from Counseling/Wellness, Residential Life (if applicable), Health Education/Health Services, Office of VP of Student Affairs, and Student Activities.

Don't be afraid to share the load. Ask committee members to take the lead on major program components such as:

  • Logistics
  • Food and entertainment
  • Booths (and maintaining communication with groups running the booths!)
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Marketing and promotion
The more time you spend up front building a solid planning committee, the less stress you'll experience along the way.
See page 9 of your Planning Manual for more complete information on forming an organizing committee.

Happy Planning,

Leah Nelson
Program Manager,
Jordan Porco Foundation

Don't forget to utilize the Planning section of the Fresh Check Day website for helpful resources. You'll find everything you need including digital copies of the planning handbooks, downloadable graphics for Fresh Check Day promotion and use at your event, sample templates, and interactive planning worksheets. All of these tools can be accessed using the password Ellie.

We're Going to Texas!

It's official! On September 29, 2015, Fresh Check Day will be going National! Texas Christian University has energetically signed on to be one of our 25 (and counting!) Fresh Check Days in 2015 and our FIRST National school pilot!

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners!

On March 7th at the Jordan Porco Foundation's 4th annual Gala at Mohegan Sun, we honored some standout partners, advocates, and schools with awards for their dedication and commitment to mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

Think your school has what it takes to be next year's Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus or know an all-star Student Mental Health Advocate that deserves to be recognized? Keep an eye out for nomination information coming soon for accomplishments made in the year 2015.

Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus 2014

Central Connecticut State University

CCSU received this honor for their outstanding planning, promotion, and implementation of Fresh Check Day, outstanding engagement and messaging at booths, and high student attendance as a result of outreach.

"In hosting Fresh Check Day at Central Connecticut State University, we hope that a life was changed, that at least one person contemplating suicide was able to consider an alternate path and remain with us.  If our work achieved this, it would be the greatest honor!  The collaboration with the Jordan Porco Memorial Foundation to bring Fresh Check Day to the CCSU campus allowed us to engage with students, build networks of support, reduce stigma surrounding issues of mental health, and instill hope."

Sandy Rose-Zak
Wellness Programs Administrator
Office of Wellness Education
Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University staff at the 4th Annual Jordan's Journey Gala held at Mohegan Sun on March 7, 2015

Student Mental Health Advocate of the Year

Christopher Jackson

Topher, a student from Three Rivers Community College, was selected based on his promotion of and participation in Fresh Check Day and his advocacy for mental health issues on his campus.


Topher is a passionate advocate for LGBT students and mental health in college students, and is the President of his Student Government, using his voice on campus to create important awareness initiatives like Bully Awareness Week.

He was a key member of the Fresh Check Day planning committee, coordinating student organization participation, and as the President of SIGMA on campus, hosted an interactive booth.


He was an ambassador of mental health at Fresh Check Day, greeting students, directing them to booths that matched their interests, and getting people excited to talk about mental health. He even gave a tour of Fresh Check Day to Senator Osten and the President of Three Rivers Community College.


In addition to his work at Three Rivers, Topher traveled to Washington, D.C. this past summer with the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant staff for their annual conference, participating in the Young Leaders in Mental Health track.


You're Invited!

Please see the information below regarding a pre-application webinar for prospective SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program SM 15-008 applicants:
Date:                                      Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time:                                     2:00-3:30pm Eastern Standard Time
Go To WebsiteURL:   
Conference number:         PW1955016
Participant passcode:       5167871
Dial in number:                  1-877-601-4717
Also, participants can join the event directly at:
For technical assistance in participating in the webinar, please call 1-877-855-4797
If you are unable to participate in the webinar, it will be recorded and will be available 48 hours after the webinar ends through April 20, 2015. It can be accessed at:

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