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Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young adults aged 15-24.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 15-24, yet it remains an underfunded and under-discussed public health problem. Approximately 1 in 10 college students contemplates suicide each year—more than 2 million college students will contemplate suicide this year alone. Additionally, 280,000 college students attempted suicide within the past year. 34.5% of college students say they felt so depressed it was difficult to function in the past year.
Fresh Check Day
Encourage students to engage in mental health dialogue and get help or help others in need
Fresh Check Day (FCD) is a celebratory fair-like event that builds a campus community around mental health and suicide prevention through engaging peer-to-peer education. It creates an approachable atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogues about mental health, and it helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level.
88.2% of students said they are more prepared to help a friend
The outcome goals for Fresh Check Day 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
67%-Materials, activities, booths
33%-FCD guides, mail, travel
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