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.
Chat For Change
Walk in My Shoes once again teamed up with USI (Union of Students in Ireland) and PleaseTalk for the 5th year of the Chats For Change Campaign. In January (2018) we distributed reusable cups to students during a College Road show. We visited UCC, Athlone IT, NUIG and IADT. The main aim of the week as always, is to promote mental health on campus and encourage students to ‘have a cuppa’ and a chat with a friend or family member.
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
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