PHOTOS: Health and Wellness spread awareness at Love Your Selfie event

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raduate Assistant at Health and Wellness Kourtney Smith takes a Polaroid picture of student Callie Ledford during the Love Your Selfie event on the Quad on Thursday. “I think my picture turned out pretty alright,” Ledford said.
Mental Health Counselor at Health and Wellness Services Patrick McGinnis talks with students at the Love Your Selfie table. “Events like these are really important,” McGinnis said. “We’re out here taking Polaroid pictures and just having conversations with students and making sure they’re aware of all our services.”
Assistant Professor of Leadership Programs Lori Kniffin poses with a stuffed tiger. Kniffin is glad to see events like these on campus. “I just think it’s really great that talking about health and wellness is becoming more normalized and popular and I hope students take advantage of the resources we have here.”
Wearing her gold Fort Hays hoodie, student Alyna Chavez stands next to the stuffed tiger to take a picture. “I like stopping at tables like this in the quad,” Chavez. “They’re fun.”
(From left to right) Students Chavez, Skyler Rodriguez and Kiearra Gonzalez look through stickers on the Health and Wellness table. “The stickers have been a big hit,” Smith said.
Rodriguez and Gonzales hold up an FHSU frame. “I think this is a really good event for people to get involved in and be aware of mental health because it’s an important topic that everyone should know about,” Gonzalez said.
Striking a pensive pose, Nathan Rosas prepares to have his Polaroid picture taken. “Honestly, it’s pretty nifty,” Rosas said. “I like the stickers, I like the Polaroid pictures, overall it’s a good vibe here.”
Smith and McGinnis interact with students at the table. “I think it’s really important to promote self-love and self-care for students because I think a lot of the time, we kind of focus on other people and don’t really work on ourselves as much as we should,” Smith said. “Caring for yourself is a big part of mental health.”
Leadership 310 students Kayla Brannic, Raina Bates, Chris Weber and Ryan Will, sit on a couch for their picture. These students were tabling with Breathe Coffee House to promote the “Can We Just Talk” events hosted every other Thursday night. “Sleep is really important and so we’re talking about sleep and how that impacts our health this week,” Will said.
McGinnis holds the stuffed tiger behind Bates and Brannic while they take their picture. McGinnis founded Breathe, so in addition to helping at the Health and Wellness table, he also coordinated with the Leadership 310 class to set up their table. “It worked out really well to have them both here on the quad at the same time,” McGinnis said.