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 The University of Alabama in Huntsville Counseling Center and other campus departments are hosting the 5th Annual Fresh Check Day Event from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. This is FREE to all currently enrolled UAH studentsStudent ID or A-number is needed to register. Pre-registration is not available/required.

Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event for colleges that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally. 
A very special THANK YOU to our DJ for providing wonderful and upbeat entertainment. We appreciate you Chris Partain (CP)!
aerial view for uah fresh check day therapy dog and students at uah fresh day students visiting booths at uah fresh check day and petting a therapy dog


Fresh Check Day booths and activities:

9 out of 10*

Nine out of ten focuses on suicide prevention directly, empowering students to act as gatekeepers for their peers and teaching them how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. One in ten students contemplates suicide. Be Aware, Speak Up, Reach Out and #HELPSOMEONE.

  • Activity - facts quiz, carnival games, pledge
  • Booth Partner - Student Health Center and Faculty Staff Health

*This is a required booth for all participants- you will receive your welcome bag at this table.* 

Check In & Chill Out

Check in & Chill Out emphasizes that checking in with your mental health is just as important as checking in with your physical health, and teaches students stress management and coping strategies.

  • Activity - create your own aromatherapy jar, self-care tips and techniques
  • Booth Partner- Therapy Partners, Inc. ASAP, and UAH Counseling Center

Know Your Limit

Know your limit promotes alcohol safety and awareness of the signs of alcohol abuse or dependence in oneself or others, and provides resources that can help.

  • Activity - Fatal Vision Goggle Cornhole
  • Booth Partner - Bradford and UAH Police Department

Paint Your Art Out

Paint your art out focuses on the therapeutic and mental health benefits of art and creativity, and how they can serve as protective coping strategies.

  • Activity - Affirmation Rock Painting
  • Booth Partner- UAH Counseling Center


Boost focuses on physical activity, which has positive mental health benefits, and encourages students to find physical activities to engage in that they enjoy.

Be Yourself

Be Yourself promotes self-acceptance and and acceptance of others for who they are, and provides information on risk and protective factors within the LBGTQ+ community.

  • Activity - Create your own beaded safety pins to express yourself
  • Booth Partner - Shenanigans Comedy Club

Rise Up

Rise Up brings awareness to the mental health effects that often follow sexual assault. It empowers bystanders and addresses the impact of victim-blaming and language.

At Ease

At Ease educates students about the unique challenges that their service member peers may face and provides resources for students service members.

  • Activity - Axe Throwing and Pull-Up Challenge
  • Booth Partner - UAH Counseling Center , Alabama National Guard, and UAH Veteran Affairs

Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room focuses on how a lack of awareness and stigma or misunderstand can lead some people to keep their feelings and experiences secret in fear of being shamed or judged and brings these topics to light.

  • Activity - Our elephants in the room
  • Booth Partner - ODEI and Admissions

In It For Life

BE ALL IN JPF’s tagline is “we’re in it for life.” This honors JPF’s commitment to saving lives through suicide prevention efforts, while also acknowledging that this work is never finished. The In It For Life booth challenges Fresh Check Day participants to BE ALL IN: INvested and INvolved in the larger Jordan Porco Foundation community and mission of preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and creating a message of hope – In It For Life.

  • Activity - Create your own "In It For Life Button" and Sign-Up for Togetherall to receive a t-shirt
  • Booth Partner - UAH Counseling Center and UAH Housing

Other important partners: