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I was the 1 in 10

Recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day

We frequently reference the statistic that 1 in 10 college students contemplates suicide. It's easy to spew out numbers and statistics without always taking in the magnitude of what they mean. When we attach people and faces to those numbers, they become a lot more meaningful and motivate us to do something to change them. When I was in college, I was the 1 in 10. I walked around campus every day contemplating ending my own life and when I was a second semester sophomore, I attempted to do just that.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is dedicated to talking about an issue we often shroud in silence and secrets. And when we don't talk about this, numbers stay numbers and we don't see the people and faces experiencing real struggle day in and day out.

With Fresh Check Day season now upon us, I urge you to remember that there's a person behind every statistic - I know many of you see this first hand on a daily basis in your work - and know that you are making a difference. You might even be making the difference for that 1 in 10 on your campus.


Leah Nelson
Program Manager,
Jordan Porco Foundation

Leah will be sharing her personal story tonight to help kick off Fresh Check Day at Sacred Heart!

Kick-off Inspiration

Kick-off events are great ways to provide a teaser and promote your Fresh Check Day in a fun way. Want to hold a kick-off but not sure what to do? The Fresh Check Day Planning Manual provides several ideas such as bringing in therapy dogs and massages to help students relax, as well as sponsoring an engaging mental health speaker If you have some room in your budget. But our Fresh Check Day schools are constantly impressing us away with their creativity and unique ideas. University of Connecticut shuttled students to their iconic Horsebarn Hill for sunrise yoga, and last Spring Tunxis Community College filmed their Yoga Flash Mob kick-off event. Providence College made their own powerful 100 Reasons video to help promote their Fresh Check Day week full of suicide prevention activities. Your kick-off doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time planning to get the word out and make an impact on campus. Be sure to let us know what creative ideas you come up with!

When schools sign on to host Fresh Check Day, it is our hope that the program goes on to become a tradition on campus that students come to look forward to and recognize year after year. So whether you're about to have your first Fresh Check Day or your fourth, we want to let you know how you can sign on to do it again!

Once you complete a post-event debrief survey to give us important feedback on your experience planning Fresh Check Day, your Program Coordinator will provide you a link to fill out a Returning School Interest Application, which just asks a few simple questions to let us know when you'd like to host Fresh Check Day again. You can also access this link anytime on freshcheckday.com/planning. We start adding Fresh Check Days to our calendar a year in advance so don't wait!  Once we receive your interest form, our Program Manager will reach out to send you any updated documents, help you determine a date, and get you on your way!

It's really that simple! We look forward to seeing those interest apps for 2016!
 

Speaker's Corner: Kevin Hines


Kevin Hines is a global speaker, author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.
If you have interest in bringing Kevin to your campus, he will likely be on the east coast in October and November and has open availability for the Spring of 2016. Kevin does a 1 hour talk as well as a 4 hour seminar. The cost for 1 hour is $3,000 (all inclusive with travel expenses etc.) and the cost for the 4 hour seminar is between $4-5,000.
Contact Margaret at jmchines@gmail.com for more information and visit kevinhinesstory.com.

 

Admins at Fresh Check Day


As you prepare for your Fresh Check Day, we want to remind and encourage you to invite key members of your school administration to come see the event in person. It makes a big statement to students to see the President, VP of Student Affairs, or Dean of Students at Fresh Check Day because it shows them that at the highest level, their school cares strongly about their mental wellbeing. Additionally, seeing Fresh Check Day firsthand may inspire growing support to fuel the program as an annual tradition on campus!
 
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