The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program is an online self-assessment survey program, created by The Jed Foundation and The Clinton Foundation, that helps colleges explore and enhance their campus mental health and suicide prevention programming. Learn more here.
How does Fresh Check Day apply to The Jed Model?
Each booth at Fresh Check Day embodies a themed message related to mental health, ranging from promoting artistic expression as a protective outlet to conducting depression screenings that result in direct counseling center referrals. JMPMF uses The Jed Foundation’s award–winning Comprehensive Approach to suicide prevention efforts on college campuses to inform the messaging behind every booth. Each booth fulfills at least one of the following components of Jed’s Model for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion:
- Increase Help-seeking Behavior: Fresh Check Day satisfies this field by encouraging dialogue about mental health issues, bringing awareness to signs of concern, showcasing campus mental health resources as well as community-based and national resources, and educating students on how to reach out to their peers and direct them to professional help.
- Promote Social Networks: Fresh Check Day satisfies this field by promoting supportive relationships and creating an environment in which students feel connected to and cared for by their school. This is done by including student groups to utilize a peer-to-peer messaging approach, involving all levels of campus life in the planning and implementation of the event, and empowering students to step up as gatekeepers and advocates for their friends and peers.
- Develop Life Skills: Fresh Check Day satisfies this field by exposing students to a variety of wellness-oriented coping strategies and safe emotional outlets, including an emphasis on open communication. If adopted, these skills may serve as protective factors and prevent the necessity of more intensive treatment by addressing issues before they reach a point of crisis.
- Identify Students at Risk: Fresh Check Day satisfies this field in instances where schools incorporate a screening for depression, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, etc. into their event. Students complete a brief screening inventory on site and go over their results with a trained clinician, where they may be referred to seek counseling services if deemed at risk. Many schools have found they are able to screen more students during Fresh Check Day than during other types of programming, as students are already openly engaging with activities.