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ECU hosts third annual Fresh Check Day focusing on mental health, suicide prevention

ECU, in conjunction with the Jordan Porco Foundation, is one of five universities in North Carolina participating in Fresh Check Day this year. The Porco family started the foundation in 2011 following the death of their son Jordan due to suicide. (Tyler Hardin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

East Carolina University will host Fresh Check Day, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of mental illness and preventing suicide. The event runs from 3-5 p.m. in the brickyard at Mendenhall Student Center.

ECU, in conjunction with the Jordan Porco Foundation, is one of five universities in North Carolina participating in Fresh Check Day this year. The Porco family started the foundation in 2011 following the death of their son Jordan due to suicide.

ECU won the 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award, which goes to a college campus for outstanding planning, promotion, implementation, engagement, impactful messaging at interactive booths and high student attendance.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults between the ages of 15-24 in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million college students (out of 20 million total) contemplate suicide, and about 1.2 million high school students (out of 14.9 million total) attempt suicide each year.

Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair-like event that includes interactive expo booths, music, free food, exciting prizes and giveaways. Capitalizing on the research-supported, peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes peer groups to staff interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource messaging in a fun and engaging way.

The event is free to all ECU faculty, staff and students. The rain date for the event is Nov. 28. Sponsors include the Center for Counseling and Student Development, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Campus Living, Student Government Association, Healthy P.I.R.A.T.E.S., Student Health Services and other campus partners.

CLICK HERE for more information or contact Lydia Hitchcock, ECU campus wellness, at (252) 328-5771 or hitchcockl14@ecu.edu.

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