SHU hosts annual event on mental health

Sacred Heart University will host Fresh Check Day on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a special kick-off Sept. 30. The signature program of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation helps students experience healthy ways to check on their mental well-being through creative activities, screenings, and relaxation techniques.

“It’s so important to attend to mental health and wellness in addition to academics, sports, and activities”, states Marisa Giarnella-Porco, President of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation in a news release. “I hope Fresh Check Day reminds students about the importance of taking care of yourself and looking out for friends”.

Sacred Heart’s Fresh Check Day kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Schine Auditorium at 7 p.m., when Look for the Good Project founder Anne Kubitsky will speak. Anne tells the story of how expressing gratitude and looking for the good helped her recover from personal trauma and how leaving a few blank postcards around town turned into an international movement for gratitude.

On Oct. 2, the dining hall lawn will be transformed into an expo-like atmosphere to bring together interactive exhibits combined with food, prizes, and giveaways. The booths feature peer-to-peer messaging in a positive, community-focused setting. Vibrational sound meditation provided by The Conduit of East Hartford, yoga demonstrations, and a health fair are featured this year. Fresh Check Day also marks the kick-off of Sacred Heart’s “Less Than You Think” alcohol awareness campaign. Should it rain, the event will be held in the Pit Center.

The event is free and has been organized by the Sacred Heart Counseling Center with collaborating campus departments, student volunteers, and representatives of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation.

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Amanda Cuda