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.

You can contact the helpline on 01 2493333 or email us

SU Officer mental health training dayChat For Change

Free posters

Say it, don't hide it!

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.

Free helpline poster

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
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.

Body Scan

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


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