Walk in My Shoes has gone from strength to strength and this growth is in no small part due to the phenomenal support we have received from schools all over Ireland.
Since 2012, over 60,000 school students throughout Ireland have participated in our Walk in My Shoes campaign, dedicating time from their normal routine to learn about mental health, while at the same time raising mental health awareness.
Each year we invite schools throughout Ireland to help us raise awareness of wellbeing among students.
See below for the ways you can get involved
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How to get involved
We encourage schools throughout Ireland and students to highlight mental health by hosting ‘Funky Shoe’ days where students and teachers step out of their comfort zone by wearing shoes they normally wouldn’t to school.
Some schools have arranged walks to further raise awareness, teachers have taken part in high heel races/ wellington races… anything goes! We do our best to promote mental health positively – while still flagging the importance of recognising mental health difficulties and knowing where to go for help and when to ask for help.
We have had hugely positive feedback to date with over 60,000 students taking part and supporting our campaign since 2012.
Help raise awareness for mental health
Any way you can raise awareness will help increase public understanding about mental health and stamp out the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.
Ways you can raise awareness:
Transition Year Project
Each year, St. Patrick’s Walk In My Shoes Transition Year Programme invites 100 students from all over Ireland to take part in a week long placement, hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital.
The aim of the course is to educate young people about mental health and career opportunities within the mental health sector directly from clinicians at the campus of St Patrick’s University Hospital.
All participants will return to their schools as ambassadors for mental wellbeing and share their new understanding of positive mental health by preparing and giving a presentation to their classmates.
The project was set up in 2012 to breakdown the stigma of accessing mental health services amongst young people, and has grown over the years to become a comprehensive and worthwhile education course. To date we have welcomed almost 500 students on to the programme from all over the country.
All TY students are eligible to take part in the programme however due to high demand, places are limited and we can only accept one student per school.
Frame Of Mind
Every year, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Walk In My Shoes run the short-film competition Frame Of Mind.
The two main objectives for this film competition are to improve awareness about mental health and to remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.
The shortlisted films are previewed at a film screening award ceremony.
Educational Film for Secondary School Teachers
Each September we send all Secondary Schools a ‘Walk in My Shoes’ Schools’ Newsletter.
We let schools know about the resources available and any upcoming events.
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