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.
In September 2018, we’ll be sending every college in Ireland copies of our new mental health awareness poster. The poster is designed by the talented Ms Erika Davis, a student of University of Limerick (winner of the Walk in My Shoes college Poster Competition 2018).
You can also download and print the poster here.
The Walk In My Shoes Helpline poster may be freely downloaded and printed.
It is ideal to use for information boards, student lounges, social media posts, Pinterest, student’s blogs, and college newsletters
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.The next training day will take place in January 2019. To register for this event please email email@example.com
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
This is a free event.
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
As almost 125,000 students across the country begin their Junior and Leaving Certificates this week, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is encouraging parents to take simple steps to look after young people’s emotional wellbeing during the exam period.
Walk in My Shoes saw over 100 students from across the country graduate as mental health ambassadors from its unique Transition Year (TY) Programme in a ceremony that took place in St Patrick’s University Hospital in May.
We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Mental Health Information Day for teachers and others who work with children and young people next month. This event will take place on Friday, April 26th in St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8.
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