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Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) is an awareness-raising and education campaign of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

The campaign was first established in 2012 when a young man in St Patrick's said "he wished his friends could walk in his shoes to understand how he was feeling."

Since then, thousands of students and teachers from across Ireland have gotten involved in Walk in My Shoes, and have been at the forefront of starting a very important conversation about mental health.

Walk in My Shoes runs a number of campaigns and events throughout the year to promote positive mental health and there are tonnes of ways that teachers and students can get involved, spark conversation, tackle stigma and foster wellbeing

Key activities

Walk in My Shoes works to promote positive mental health, to tackle mental health stigma and change how people, particularly young people, think about mental health. Throughout the year we run or offer:

  • Free resources for primary school and secondary school teachers to use in the classroom
  • Free resources for parents and guardians
  • Free resources for young people
  • School achievement awards to recognise excellence in mental health promotion
  • Short film competitions to tackle stigma
  • Transition Year Programme placements
  • Mind Your Selfie Day
  • Walk in My Shoes Radio
  • And much more!