Primary Schools all over Ireland are promoting mental health & wellbeing.
By promoting positive mental health in school, schools are starting the conversation and creating awareness on the topic.
All year round Primary Schools host mental health events, the most popular one being our ‘Funky Shoe Day’- which is a great alternative to ‘No Uniform Day’.
For further information and to see the various ways to get involved, please see below.
How to get involved
We encourage schools throughout Ireland and students to highlight mental health by hosting ‘Funky Shoe’ days where students and teachers step out of their comfort zone by wearing shoes they normally wouldn’t to school. We ask that everyone who takes part downloads our free mental health information packs.
Some schools have arranged walks to further raise awareness, teachers have taken part in high heel races/ wellington races… anything goes! We do our best to promote mental health positively – while still flagging the importance of recognising mental health difficulties and knowing where to go for help and when to ask for help.
We have had hugely positive feedback to date with over 60,000 students taking part and supporting our campaign since 2012.
If you are considering a speaker to visit your school to discuss Mental Wellbeing, you can request a visit below.
Stamp out stigma with your school mental health footprint!
This year we are delighted to announce we have a School Outreach Officer who will visit your school to speak to staff and students about positive mental health & wellbeing.
It is a PowerPoint presentation which focuses on the following:
- What is emotional mental health
- Connecting with others
- Managing Stress
- Walk in My Shoes information
For primary school, the presentation is aimed at 5th and 6th class only.
For the above classes, the presentation is age appropriate.
Help raise awareness for mental health
Any way you can raise awareness will help increase public understanding about mental health and stamp out the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.
Ways you can raise awareness:
Educational Film for Primary School Teachers
Managing mental health issues in the classroom can be challenging. With this in mind, Walk In My Shoes and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have produced an educational film specifically for school teachers and staff that we hope will be of benefit to you and your colleagues.