Walk in My Shoes has gone from strength to strength and this growth is in no small part due to the phenomenal support we have received from schools all over Ireland.
Since 2012, over 60,000 school students throughout Ireland have participated in our Walk in My Shoes campaign, dedicating time from their normal routine to learn about mental health, while at the same time raising mental health awareness.
Each year we invite schools throughout Ireland to help us raise awareness of wellbeing among students.
See below for the ways you can get involved
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 available here:
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.
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
Transition Year Project
The Transition Year Porject is a one-week mental health awareness placement, conducted by our clinical staff. The students have approx. 5 sessions each day focussing on various aspects of mental health and they get to take part in a mock MDT with clinicians. The day runs from 10 – 2, Monday – Friday and there is one hour for lunch (provided in the restaurant here). We have received very positive feedback from students who have taken part to date, and we have a graduation ceremony each year where students receive a certificate.
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:
Each September we send all Secondary Schools a ‘Walk in My Shoes’ Schools’ Newsletter.
We let schools know about the resources available and any upcoming events.
Educational Film for Secondary 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.