Walk in My Shoes Radio, Ireland’s only all-digital pop-up radio station, was launched today by a host of mental health advocates, celebrity ambassadors and well-known presenters. The station will broadcast live from St Patrick’s University Hospital from Monday 10th – Friday 14th October to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week. It is the only pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health.
This year, Walk in My Shoes Radio is looking to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson by calling on all secondary schools, and those in 5th and 6th classes in primary schools, to join in setting the record on World Mental Health Awareness Day, the station’s first day on air, Monday the 10th October. Participating schools will attempt to set the world record with a national 30 minute mindfulness lesson, which will take place on the morning of the 10th October.
The mindfulness class will be taught by a mindfulness practitioner in the lecture hall at St Patrick’s University Hospital and the 30 minute class will be broadcast as a Google Hangout connecting participating schools all over the country.
The overall aim of Walk in My Shoes Radio is to encourage listeners to become involved in the conversation around mental health. Positive mental health and wellbeing should be a priority in all of our lives. Walk in My Shoes Radio has an important message, taking action early by seeking support and professional advice to deal with mental health issues is vital. The world record attempt will highlight simple things that everyone can do that are hugely beneficial to managing positive mental health.
Walk in My Shoes Radio Line-up:
- 7-9am Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery
- 9-11am Shay Byrne
- 11am-1pm Sarah Carey, Pat O’Mahony, John Moynes and Sinead Lynch
- 1pm-3pm Nuala Carey with co-hosts Marty Whelan, Lisa Gernon and Brent Pope
- 3pm-5pm Laura Woods and Dustin the Turkey
- 5pm-7pm Guest Presenters throughout the week including Alison Canavan, Aisling Riordan, Elaine Crowley, Rebecca Horan, Corina Grant and Rick O’Shea.
- 7pm-9pm Aisling O’Loughlin
In addition to the above line up there will be guest presenters and appearances throughout the week.
Speaking at the launch event, Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, said;
“Walk in My Shoes Radio is an extremely important platform for St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, allowing us to connect with people all over the country to highlight the importance of seeking support and professional advice as early as possible, if you are struggling with a mental health difficulty. Our pop-up station is a small step in encouraging a dialogue about mental health that is free from stigma. We believe that encouraging people to support the station, and indeed the Guinness World Record attempt, will certainly help in opening the conversation about the importance of looking after your mental health.”
Speaking about the launch, Sarah Surgenor, Head of Communications with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services said;
“We are delighted to formally launch Walk in My Shoes Radio today. With the help of our ambassadors, presenters and contributors, I have no doubt we are going to have a fantastic week on air this year. Our station is all about encouraging listeners to prioritise their mental health, and we feel very lucky that schools all over the country will join us in spreading this message as we attempt to set the record for the world largest mindfulness lesson together”.
Walk in My Shoes Radio will provide 70 hours of quality radio from October 10th-14th. Each show will be anchored by well-known broadcasters and celebrities. Radio professionals from local, national and community radio have also volunteered their services to the station.
Tune in to Walk in My Shoes Radio on FM in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Wicklow, Waterford, Louth, Kildare & Cavan, or online at walkinmyshoes.ie and on the TuneIn App.
For information, or if you would like take part in setting the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson, please visit www.walkinmyshoes.ie/worldrecord