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The Foundation was started in 2011 in response to the suicide of Jordan Matthew Porco, a freshman at St. Michael's College in Vermont. The mission of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation is to prevent suicide in high school, college and college entry student population that is often the end result of significant emotional disorders triggered by stress and/or not recognized within the person until it is too late
In three years, the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation has grown to become a key resource in mental health programming for colleges in Connecticut. In 2014, our signature program, Fresh Check Day, directly reached 5000 college students in ten schools across Connecticut. This doubles our impact from 2013. Recently, the foundation has begun to expand programming outside of Connecticut. We are currently planning Fresh Check Days in three other states, with the hope of expanding to the entire nation. Additionally, we have developed a resource program, 9 out of 10, to help students learn the warning signs of suicide and find resources to help. We have sponsored talks by inspiring mental health speakers in schools and communities, which delivered a message of mental health awareness to over 4000 people. JMPMF staff have trained more than 100 young adults in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), which is similar to CPR in that it helps people take the first steps to help someone who is in crisis and contemplating suicide. Most recently, we have accomplished early stages of developing a Transition Year program in partnership with several important national organizations.
The mission of the foundation is to prevent suicide in young adults. One in ten college students contemplate suicide, and our goal as a Foundation is not only to help the one in distress, but to empower the other nine students to recognize the warning signs and be able to help. To this end, our key goal is to take the Fresh Check Day program nationwide so that the message of suicide prevention and mental health reaches as many young adults as possible. Expanding both our Fresh Check Day and Transition Year programming will give us the opportunity to increase the number of high school and college students who have access to lifesaving resources and information. Our ability to expand our impact directly correlates with our financial strength.
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