BANGOR- Husson University officials put their students’ psyche first on Wednesday when they hosted the school’s second annual Fresh Check Day.
The event gave students like Tory Alley an opportunity to volunteer and connect with their peers.
“They’re not in it alone. We have their backs. We’re here to support and this is just a great way to prove that. Break that barrier, get that interaction going in showing that we’re really here to support them,” Alley said.
Fresh Check Day featured interactive booths, including massage chairs.
According to Colleen Owens, Husson’s director of Counselor Services, the event is an effort to relieve student stress.
“College students are under a great deal of stress and the 18- to 25-year-old range is where a lot of mental health kind of starts to come out. And then on top of that, right now in springtime, we tend to see an increase in suicide ideation, which is why we’re doing it around this time,” Owens said.
Owens said the goal of Fresh Check Day is to educate students on how to watch out for warning signs, support their peers and the importance of suicide prevention.
Husson student Jordan Harper was among those who thought Fresh Check Day mattered.
“I think it’s really important that Husson does have it to just get that awareness out there to our students, and if anyone is struggling, we do have different community facilities that you can go to and they can go to,” Harper said. “So it’s really to get the awareness out to them and the services they can use and how they can help.”
Fresh Check Day is held on college campuses nationwide. For more information, visit freshcheckday.com.