Leadership Hays project benefits youth mental health

Special to Tiger Media Network

Green Ribbon Hays was formed by the 2022 Class of Leadership Hays with the mission to educate and improve the mental health of middle school students in Hays, Kansas by providing resources, increasing awareness, and inspiring hope to students, their families, and the community.

This mission will be realized on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, when Patrick McGinnis will lead parents and community members in conversations about empathy, understanding one another, and finding connections in others. The event will take place in Dreiling Theater at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Doors open at 6 and the presentation will go from 6:30-7:30.

The event will include community organizations sharing resources that are available in the Hays area. A raffle will also take place, with attendees receiving a ticket for the chance to win Chamber Checks totaling $500.

In addition to the Tuesday event, Patrick McGinnis will be leading sessions with 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students from Hays Middle School, Holy Family Elementary, and TMP-Marian Junior High on Wednesday, October 12. The student sessions will follow the same theme of mental wellness through empathy, understanding, and connection. The student event is not open to the public, but all are welcome to the community event on Tuesday.

Additional Information about these events can be found at www.greenribbonhays.com and on the Green Ribbon Hays social media accounts.

The 2022 Class of Leadership Hays has worked closely with FHSU NAMI on Campus, FHSU Psychology Club, Ken Windholz, Patrick McGinnis, administrators of Hays Middle School, TMP-Marian, and Holy Family Elementary, and the Hays Chamber of Commerce. The 2022 Class would like to thank everyone who has helped make this project become a reality.

While these events end the obligation of the 2022 Class, Green Ribbon Hays will have a lasting impact on the community through the continued participation of class members and the involvement of the FHSU Psychology Club and FHSU NAMI on Campus.

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