Mental health awareness event held on campus

by May Blake / Beacon Correspondent • October 22, 2015

Fresh Check Day, an event held to discuss mental health, was held for the first time in the Max Mutchnick Campus Center on Oct. 21.

The event consisted of ten stations including a meditation room, depression checks, and a mini-golf course. Students were able to enter to win prizes if they got a stamp from each booth.

According to Kellie Fuller, director of enrollment services and support, a mental health initiative began at Emerson last September. Elise Harrison, director of counseling and psychological services, introduced the idea of of bringing Fresh Check Day, an event that has been held at other colleges and universities,to the college in May.

For the past six months, Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, Disability Services, the Center for Health and Wellness, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Violence Prevention and Response have been working together to plan the event.

“The students seem to be having a great time. If the students tell us that they like it, we want to keep doing it every year,” Fuller said. “We want students [redundant] to talk about this and hope that we do it again.”

Active Minds president Ashley Cunningham, a senior marketing communication major, attended the event and said her favorite booth was on microaggressions, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“I thought it was done extremely well, really engaging, [there] was fun and games but there was also important info being passed out,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham said her only concern was that the occasion didn’t offer much beyond awareness for students who attended, and didn’t give them any applicable skills for after they left the event.

“Fresh Check Day suffers from same problem as many mental health events,” Cunningham said. “It was super popular, and it worked really well, but that’s a lot of effort for not giving students anything they could use after the event is over.”