Valdosta State hosts Fresh Check Day

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 28, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Students at Valdosta State University got a 'fresh check' in the fight to end the stigma of mental illness.

On Thursday, the university held its first Fresh Check Day. The event is part of a national initiative to raise awareness of mental health resources and the importance of taking care of one's mental health.

University organizations and staff hosted games and activities aimed at valuing mental health.

Organizers said one in 10 college students contemplate suicide, and it's the second leading cause of death among college-aged individuals.

Events like these help to teach all students how to recognize the signs, and how to help each other.

"Not every student may need counseling, not every student wants to go to the counseling center. So, we try to do other activities or involvement to let students know we care," said Holly Wright, a counselor at Valdosta State. "To show students that hey, there are all these other ways to address mental health."

The school said smaller events like this typically bring an uptick in attendance at the counseling center, showing the need is there to keep organizing them. They hope to host the event every year.