Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair like event that seeks to bring awareness to mental health, connect students to resources, and create a sense of community. The event is free and composed of several interactive booths, music, food, and prizes! 

Fresh Check Day is the signature event of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF). Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health. Fresh Check Day helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level. Using a peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes student groups in addition to college/university staff to develop and execute interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource information in a fun and engaging way. 


The program’s primary goals are to: 

  • Increase awareness of mental health resources and services available to students 
  • Reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health and suicide that often deter individuals from seeking help 
  • Empower peers to be gatekeepers by understanding warning signs and knowing what to do if a friend is exhibiting signs of suicide or a mental health concern 
  • Increase willingness to ask for help if experiencing emotional distress 

Many departments partner on campus to bring Fresh Check Day to life. The booths are the heart of the event and this is where the partnerships flourish. The Nine Out of Ten booth focuses on suicide prevention based off the statistic that 1 out of 10 college students contemplates or seriously thinks about suicide. According to this statistic, nine others are in a position to offer help (IF they are aware of the warning signs and resources). Students take a pledge to be one of the nine. There are also booths focused on alcohol safety, creativity and art, Positive coping and life skills, keeping stigma reduction and social support. 

This year, GCC’s first-ever virtual Fresh Check day will continue to check in with college students with a variety of live events and prerecorded material to interact with.  

Fresh Check Day Partners include: Student Activities, Counseling and Wellness Center, Dean of Student Affairs, Student Success Center, Student Accessibility Services, and DARC. 

Fresh Check Day 2021 is being funded by Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative.  

This year’s event will include a Ted Talk and Tea, a virtual Paint Nite, discussions on things that make you smile, among other things. *Door prize drawings will be given out the following Monday. One entry per live event attended. One Grand Prize Winner will win a Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa. 

To help us improve for next year, please complete the FCD Survey by either:


Scavenger Hunt

Come learn more about Fresh Check Week by participating in a virtual Scavenger Hunt!  There are 10 questions to answer, each worth 10 points.  Receive 90 or more points and be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. 


Each question requires an exact answer.  If you do not know the answer, simply proceed to the next question.  If you enter an incorrect answer, you will be prompted to enter another answer, so simply hit back on the left-hand side on the top screen to select the next question.  

To join the Scavenger Hunt, click here for instructions.

Once you download the app, create a username/password and find the hunt titled Gateway Fresh Check Week in the search field, use the following password to join the hunt:  fresh.  To receive the eligibility to be put into our drawing, please use your Gateway Email. 


After entering the Scavenger Hunt password, select View Hunt Tasks to begin answering questions/completing tasks.  The Scavenger Hunt is open from Monday April 5th from 9:30am to April 9th at 5:00pm. 

Monday- April 5

We Were Made to Thrive

Focusing on your strengths and embracing a positive attitude can better equip you to thrive in your environment. Did you know that gratitude and paying more attention to the good things helps improve self-esteem, reduces depression, improves your ability to cope with difficult situations, creates stronger social bonds, and improves your physical health?

The intention of this exercise is to take turns rolling the Gratitude Dice and share things for which we are thankful. We will share some other ways we have been showing appreciation. The template to the dice is below, and we hope you will print to share at home for yourself or to share with family/friends.

10:00 a.m. – Gratitude Dice from the members of the Student Success Center

Make Your Own Gratitude Dice

Click here at 10am for video premiering 

Know Your Limits 

If you drink, it is important to be aware of just how much you are drinking and stay within limits that are safe for you and your body. Alcohol not only affects us physically, but emotionally as well. Some people may abuse alcohol as a way of coping with other issues, such as depression. This can make problems worse. If you notice this behavior in yourself or a friend, offer support and refer them to help, such as the resources on campus.

What Amount of Alcohol is Considered Safe.  Monday, April 5th Live at noon.




100 Reasons

When someone is thinking about suicide, it is important to listen and offer hope. There are so many reasons to stay alive, big and small. Find yours and help others find theirs. Visit for more information.

If you’re worried about a friend and not sure how to best intervene and help, remember 4 steps:

  • Ask direct questions- if you’re worried a friend is thinking about suicide, don’t be afraid to ask them. You’ll get a much clearer answer than if you beat around the bush.
  • Stay by their side- don’t leave them alone
  • Call a professional- you are not professional help, but you can refer them to the help they need.
  • Don’t keep secrets about suicide- saving a life is more important than keeping a secret out of fear of losing a friendship.


2:00 p.m. – Depression & Suicide Workshop with Stephanie Perez

Click here at 2pm for video premiering

Tuesday- April 6 

Paint Your Art Out

Creative arts of all types can be fun and relaxing and have positive effects on mental health. By finding different ways to cope with stress that work for you, you can better manage uncomfortable feelings and stay ahead of a crisis.

2:00 p.m. – Paint Your Art Out

Whether you are an aspiring artist or paint-by-numbers type, Gateway Community College invites you to join your peers to de-stress and turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece to brighten your space! No experience required. Please plan to arrive by 2PM. The event will kick off right at 2:05PM and wrap up by 4 PM.

Please sign up here! Space is limited to the first 30 people. Information on how to pick up your kit, free of charge, will be emailed to you after registration is complete.

Here is the picture you will be painting:

Wednesday- April 7


Studies consistently show that significant numbers of college students experience overwhelming anxiety (65.7%) and feel so depressed that it is difficult to function (45.2%). Given how much pressure college students are under, it is that much more important to develop good self-care habits. Your lifestyle, including your eating habits, exercise patterns, sleep, recreational activities, social relationships and more, can have a significant impact on how you feel and function. Practicing self-care and wellness can reduce stress and improve your physical health.

2:00 p.m. – Uplift with Dean Alese – Do Things That Make You Smile!

Via her Facebook Live session, Dean Alese will talk about different ways to practice self-care and ways to find coping skills that work for you at home and outside! Join here.

Thursday- April 8

It Takes A Village

Giving back and doing good for others has a great way of helping us, too. Consider getting involved in clubs on campus or a charity organization in the community, especially if you have a tendency to withdraw and isolate.

2:00 p.m. – Ted Talk & Tea - The Stigma of Mental Health, 6 minutes & 13 seconds | Sam Cohen

Step 1:  Watch Ted Talk titled The Stigma of Mental Health by Sam Cohen by clicking here.

Step 2:  Grab your favorite Tea, Coffee, Juice, Soda or water!

Step 3:  Then join us for a 60-minute video conference/phone discussion to learn from each other.


Join by video conference

Join by phone:   

1-650-479-3208 Call-in number (US/Canada)

Access code: 138 445 9678

Friday- April 9


In this training, participants learn what digital toxicity is and its impact on overall mind-body-spirit wellness. We look at the culture of distraction, FOMO (the fear of missing out) and social comparison and how all of this contributes to anxiety. We also look at how much time we're now spending on our devices contributes to fatigue and its impact on us physically. You will learn how to minimize the effects of electronic device use and establish healthy boundaries. Training provided by Alicia Feller, Chief Executive Officer – Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System

2:00 p.m. - Digital Detox. 

Meeting ID: 897 9427 5088

Passcode: 515775


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