Mental Health Fair: Friday March 27th, 2020 at Eddie’s
by Ashley Wright
This year Fordham is dedicating time to recognizing student mental health by participating in a national event called “Fresh Check” Day. Fresh Check Day is organized by the Jordan Porco Foundation, which is a family organization founded by a family after their son committed suicide in college. Through this organization, several schools across the country have began taking part in this event in an attempt to recognize the stresses of college and communicate the importance of mental health.
An email sent out to the student population here at Fordham states that “the goal is to unite the Fordham community in the conversation surrounding student mental health and offer people different outlets for support and resources here, as a way to ‘check-in’ on the mental health and wellness of college students.” This year marks the first time Fordham’s participated in the Fresh Check Day since 2017, which they state was “very successful”. In an attempt to expand the event the school has also paired with the Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services in order to provide more support, offer extra resources, and get even more members of the Fordham community to participate in this year’s event.
This year’s event is scheduled to be held on Eddie’s Parade on Friday March 27th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Activities and informational booths will be hosted by 24 different student groups and departments all revolving around different aspects of mental health and mental health care. Some examples of a few of the booths to expect include a focus on mental health in the LGBTQ+ community, mental health in student athletes, and eating disorder awareness.
Food will also be offered throughout the duration of the event. This includes a breakfast taco truck, a general spread courtesy of Tino’s, stations for coffee and tea (run by the Jesuit scholastics and Rodrigue’s), and an Aramark farmer’s market.
As of right now the school is also working with Sound Mind Live in an attempt to bring live performers to the event. Performances will focus on raising mental health awareness through music as well as three performers who will do three 30-minute sets where they will discuss their own mental health journeys. Currently there is a call for student groups to perform throughout the day as well.
Finally Fordham’s Fresh Check Day will also include a community raffle. As people enter
Fresh Check Day they receive raffle tickets that will later be used to win a variety of prizes. A preemptive list of prizes include a Nespresso machine, a hammock, and AirPods to name a few.
By participating in the Fresh Check Day this year, Fordham is putting a much-needed emphasis on the mental health of college students and the community at large. It’s a well-known fact that college is a stressful time for most people and that mental health is just as important to take care of as physical health. Hopefully the success of this event could indicate an increase in mental health resources and even greater community awareness.