Colleges around Ireland play a huge role in promoting positive mental health on campus and Walk in My Shoes aims to educate third-level students on mental health, by hosting SU Officer mental health training days, developing mental health eBooks and providing event promotional materials. If you are organising a mental health event on campus don’t hesitate to contact us.
Walk in My Shoes also provides a dedicated Helpline and email service for 18-25 year olds, staffed by experienced mental health nurses.
Student Union Training Day
We always like to meet the new incoming SU Officers.
This year we held an SU Officer training day in January and August 2016.
We like to invite guest speakers to talk with the new officers. At our August event, we had the pleasure of introducing Senator Lynn Ruane
What does the training day involve:
• Psychologist Presentation: Young Adult Mental Health
• Walk in My Shoes Helpline: An introduction to our dedicated young adult helpline
• A guide to promoting mental health support & services in your college
• Mental Health from a college perspective (Student Presentation)
• Q&A session with the speakers
• Free lunch provided, Mental Health Pack & Walk in My Shoes t-shirt
Student Union Mindfulness Sessions
Why not organise a Student Union Mindfulness Session in your college?
Idea: Invite students to the Student Union common area. Make sure it’s quiet and play the links below.
Sit back and relax.
Mindfulness of the breath
This exercise can be repeated regularly and is a core mindfulness skill.
This exercise will help you become aware of how you are
Leaves on a Stream
This exercise will help you notice your thoughts and then let them go
Dropping the Anchor
This exercise will help you learn how to ground yourself in the present moment
Notice 5 Things
This exercise will help you slow down and engage with what is happening around you
Being Mindful of your Thoughts
This exercise show you how busy your mind can be
Chat For Change
Walk in My Shoes teamed up with USI (Union of Students in Ireland) and PleaseTalk for the 4th year of the ChatsForChange Campaign, in November. ChatsForChange packs were distributed to colleges and include 2 tea bags (kindly donated by Robert Roberts) and a Student Support Card. The main aim of the week is to promote mental health on campus and encourage students to ‘have a cuppa’ and a chat with a friend or family member.
Students were encouraged to take 5 minutes out of their day to relax in the ‘chill out zone’ with a cuppa.
Walk in My Shoes, PleaseTalk and USI visited the following colleges: Galway. Limerick, Maynooth and Blanchardstown.
This year, as part of the campus tour, students were asked for their feedback in relation to mental health on campus. The ‘Elephant in the Room’ wall display proved very popular with the college students and they were more than happy to show their creative side.
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