Ways to Wellbeing

Ways to Wellbeing is a school mental health project from Walk in My Shoes (WIMS) that aims to support students in learning about wellbeing by engaging with older people in their communities.

Mental health project for schools

Mental health project for schools

Partnering with Smart D8, WIMS is working with primary and secondary schools in Dublin 8  in this exciting new initiative.

In 2021, Ways to Wellbeing ran on a pilot basis with schools in the Dublin 8 area, with the aim of rolling it out nationwide in the 2022/23 academic year.

Younger and older populations of Dublin 8 were being brought together for meaningful conversations and insights from one another. For example, students could interview older family members from Dublin 8; write letters to people living in nursing homes or day centres; or talk to older people in the community (in line with COVID-19 public health guidelines). 

Students taking part then had eight weeks to put together creative projects which showcase what they've learned from the older people they've linked up with, such as:

  • Tips for living a mentally healthy life
  • How to build resilience
  • An important lesson the older person learned that made a positive difference to their life.

Their projects used a wide range of styles and mediums, from photos and films to written stories, podcasts and more. All students and teachers registered to take part received project packs to help them in starting their projects.

All projects were uploaded to our School Portal, with an exhibition showcasing some projects being displayed in an exhibition and digital display in St Patrick's University Hospital in Dublin 8 in February 2022. 

Find out more and see the exhibition here.

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Watch our Ways to Wellbeing project in 2021

Watch our Ways to Wellbeing project in 2021