Fresh Check Day is the signature program of The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation (JMPMF). JMPMF works closely with colleges to plan and fund Fresh Check Day in an effort to bring awareness to mental health resources and coping strategies on college campuses. Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair-like event that includes interactive expo booths, live music, free food, exciting prizes and giveaways and a kick-off teaser event featuring a dynamic mental health speaker prior to the event. Capitalizing on the research supported peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes student groups to staff interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource messaging in a fun and engaging way.
The goal is to create an approachable atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health by building a bridge between students and the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level. In order to ensure successful implementation and continued campus mental health and suicide prevention initiatives, Fresh Check Day thrives on full endorsement and support from higher level administration. By engaging the entire college community in this campus-wide movement, students are reminded that they are not alone and that their mental health is valued just as much as their physical health or their academic standing.