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TKE to host Wildcat Wellness event promoting mental health

Graphic courtesy of Clayton Fayer

Wildcat Wellness will be taking place Thursday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Jamrich 1313. Wildcat Wellness is a collaborative event hosted by Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), NMU WellBeing, LIVE@NMU and Mind Your Health. 

The event will feature three speakers who plan to share personal stories about mental health and wellbeing, as well as strategies for improving and dealing with mental health. There will also be prizes and the Wildpups at this event. 

Wildcat Wellness started in 2021 when Clayton Fayer, an NMU senior and TKE historian, felt there was a need for this type of event at NMU.

“I want people to be a part of a movement that allows others to know that they are not alone,” Fayer said. 

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Fayer says this year’s event has grown from those in the past as part of the collaboration between many student organizations and campus departments. 

Brianna Meche and Charlie Wissler are two of this year’s speakers. Wissler, president of TKE, plans to share his personal experiences with mental health, as well as how TKE is involved in improving mental health at NMU. 

“Having that student connection and being able to talk about mental health issues with each other goes great lengths,” Fayer said.

Fayer explained the planning process for Wildcat Wellness began back in fall 2023, which allowed enough time for this event to transpire into what it is today. He adds could not have done it without the support of many different people, organizations and departments across campus. 

“I am just really excited for this event to finally happen. There has been a lot of planning, discussions and meetings,” Fayer said.

While this is Fayer’s last semester at NMU, he hopes that this event will become a tradition to continue to promote mental health among students at NMU.

“It definitely gives me closure that we can make an impact on the community, specifically the NMU campus,” Fayer said. 

Free goodies will be available at the event from Mind Your Health and LIVE@NMU. Students will also be able to receive two Skill Builder credits for attending and will receive an additional raffle ticket if they register on The Hub prior to the event.

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I am a marketing major about to start my second year at Northern Michigan University, however, this will be my third year in college. I previously attended a small community college near my hometown, Charlevoix, Mi. In high school, I was a part of my school’s journalism program and helped to produce bi-weekly student newspapers. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, boating, fishing, and biking. I also love to work out, read, paint, and bake.