26 September, 2019

Kodaline’s Steve Garrigan announced as our new Ambassador as WIMS FM returns for its sixth year

Today, we are delighted to announce Kodaline frontman, Steve Garrigan, as our new ambassador. A passionate advocate for positive attitudes towards mental health, Steve’s own experience of anxiety means he speaks – and sometimes sings – from a place of personal experience.

Commenting on the accouncement, Steve said:

I’m really excited to come on board with Walk in My Shoes this year – as someone who has dealt first-hand with anxiety down through the years, we can’t underestimate the importance of taking that first step and asking for help. In the past I’ve opened up about mental health through my music and song-writing. Walk in My Shoes is about opening up these same kinds of conversations and reminding people that it’s ok to talk about it and to seek help if they need it.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St Patrick's Mental Health Services, Paul Gilligan, added:

We are so delighted to have Steve on board. Not only is he is a committed advocate for mental health awareness,  he is also someone who young people identify with and pay attention to. When someone like Steve says “it’s okay not to be okay, reach out and talk to someone”, young people listen.


Getting behind a new mic

Getting behind a new mic

Steve’s first gig as new Walk In My Shoes Ambassador is to get behind a different mic to the one he’s used to.

WIMS FM returns for a sixth consecutive year. WIMS FM, the pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health, is on air from Monday-Friday, 7-11 October, broadcasting over 70 hours of engaging and enlightening content from 7am to 9pm daily.

Steve makes his DJ debut alongside girlfriend Diana Bunici on World Mental Health Day, Thursday, 10 October for a special drivetime show from 5-7 pm. They promise a mix of music, chat and special guests to keep commuters company on their way home.


Exciting plans for WIMS FM

Exciting plans for WIMS FM

With the usual mix of lifestyle, culture and mental health features, WIMS FM will also feature a number of themed shows this year. These will focus on a wide range of topics from the impact of the never-ending news cycle on our mental health to mental health challenges for specific groups including LGBTI+, rural communities and those with experience of cancer.

There were hundreds of emails from students and teachers last year about the WIMS FM Schools Special, so it’s back this year, providing an outlet for primary school children to talk about what's on their minds as well as interactive exercises, book reviews, interviews and more. Child and adolescent psychotherapist Dr Colman Noctor will be on hand to give advice and address common worries held by children. The Schools Special will air on World Mental Health Day on 10 October between 11am and 1pm.

As always. many public figures and professional broadcasters have generously offered their time to come on air and present shows, including Maia Dunphy, James Patrice, Bláthnaid Treacy, Paddy Courtney, Tara Flynn, Shay Byrne, Sarina Bellissimo and many more.

Stay tuned to our website where you'll find details on how to listen in to WIMS FM when it goes live shortly!

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Our new Ambassador, Kodaline's Steve Garrigan, discusses mental health on Ray D'Arcy Show