ECU hosted an event Wednesday to bring awareness to mental health on college campuses.
Fresh Check Day was; aimed to be an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event.
The event was; held this afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside the recreation center on ECU’s campus.
It was an afternoon for wellness professionals to check in with college students.
The event focuses on mental health and has interactive booths, free food prizes and more.
The goal is for students to discuss mental illness and build a bridge between students and mental health resources available here locally.
I think it is important to have an event like this here on a college campus because what we know (is) that one in 10 college students contemplate suicide,” said Abigail Hubbard, graduate assistant at the ECU Wellness Center. “So if you can be one in the nine, which is what this shirt stands for, to help them, why not?
ECU was the first college in North Carolina to participate, and a total of five colleges do so now.
Organizers said it is important to break the stigma when it comes to illness and suicide prevention; and also help students recognize the resources available on their campus and in their community.