Fresh Check Day 2021

Join us for Middlesex Community College’s third Fresh Check Day, now an interactive, virtual and in-person event! Check out all the activities and resources on this page. Attend in-person for a chance to win a Fire 7!

In-Person Events:

  • Info Booths with Giveaways
    Location: Outside Founders Hall (Rain Location: Pavilion, Cafeteria)
    Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Drum Circle with Guided Meditation
    Location: Back of lawn behind Founders Hall (Rain Location: Pavilion Deck)
    Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Tree Dedication
    Location: Lawn area to the left of the entrance of the lower parking lot area (across from Chapman Hall)
    Time: 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Events:

With COVID-19 changing the way we work and learn rapidly, the Jordan Porco Foundation wants to make sure that YOU are being kind to yourself during this difficult transition. We may not be able to bring the fun fair-like atmosphere of FreshCheck Day to your living room but, we have put together a selection of Fresh Check Day activities that can be done at home. While in quarantine it is important to check-in with your mental health. These six activities will help reduce stress, get your body moving, put you in a positive mindset,and more!

Self-Care Resources

Phone Support

Warm Lines Telephone support services staffed by people who have experience/expertise with mutual support.  These lines are not crisis lines and the days/hours of operation vary.

JoinRiseBe Statewide Young Adult Warmline Initiative 1-855-6HOPENOW 12-9 p.m. daily

Advocacy Unlimited Phone Based Peer Support 888-770-4478 M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

SAMHSA’s free 24-hour Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 Call if you feel lonely or need support


Healthy Lifestyle Challenge from Hartford HealthCare Try one of these healthy changes this week and keep adding more on.

Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff Activities to promote self-compassion.

Centre for Clinical Interventions: Help Resources for Mental Health Problems Practical tips.

Dartmouth Student Wellness Center, Relaxation Downloads Guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness, meditation. 5-30 minute options.

Daily Om Every weekday, DailyOM will send you inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day.

Palouse Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation training course-free.

Connecticut Clearinghouse Support Groups and Wellness Activities

Town of Wethersfield Online Fitness Access 30-40 minute Yoga, Total Body, T’ai Chi and Qi Gong, Zumba, and Easy Dance classes over Zoom

TOIVO Center Online Offerings Daily online classes, support groups, and resources including Book Club, Writing Group, Women’s Group, Men’s Group, Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation, Alternatives to Suicide Group, Breath-Body-Mind, Meditative Coloring, Sound Healing Experience, and Creative Expression Workshop.

In the Rooms A global recovery room offering many types of online meetings, including AA, NA, Al-Anon, All Recovery, wellness, spirituality, etc.

Smart Recovery Online Community an online community where individuals with addiction, their Family & Friends, and other specialized audiences can interact with SMART Recovery volunteers and each other to aid in overcoming addiction.

NAMI-CT Virtual support groups and education programs

A.U. Peer Support: COVID-19 General Support Group Monday-Friday, 3-4:30 p.m. Available over Zoom or dial-in at 646-876-9923

Phone Apps

Calm Free meditation, music, soundscapes and sleep app. Children’s meditations too.

Chill-Daily Mindfulness Free daily inspirational quotes. It provides mindfulness reminders randomly throughout the day. Very college student focused.

Koru Mindfulness Free evidence-based program for teaching mindfulness & meditation to college students and other young adults.

Mindshift Free anxiety reducing guided meditations.

Insight Timer Free 10,000 guided meditations. Children’s meditations too.

Stop, Breathe, and Think Free guided meditations.

#SelfCare Free games/activities for stress.

Mindfulness Coach Free self-guided training. Created for Veterans but appropriate for everyone.

Relax Melodies Free version. This app allows you to combine your favorite sounds from its pre-selected recordings and make your own, soothing melodies.

Stress Scan Apple | Android Free check your stress throughout the day to better manage it

HeadSpace $10.00 a year for a student if log in on the website, not the app. Mini meditations for stress, anxiety, falling asleep, personal growth, etc. Adult and children. Not free.

Smiling Mind  Free Australian meditations focused on increasing calm and contentment and stress reduction. Adult and children meditations.

Happyfeed: Gratitude Journal Free. Gratitude journaling is one of the easiest ways to find more happiness by training your brain to focus on the positive and become more resilient in harder times.

Resources for Children

Go Noodle mindfulness games, videos, and activities. It is also an APP, search for the free version

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Videos

Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal Apple | Android This app is simple and easy-to-use, helping children focus on the positive and recognizing what went well today. (Ages 6 and up.) Every child gets to list three things daily that went well, which begins to train their mind to look for things to appreciate and begin a gratitude practice. Apple phones.

Click here to learn more about counseling services available at MXCC or call 860.343.5715.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text CONNECT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event 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.


Apr 29 2021


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