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
Walk In My Shoes School's Wall Planner 2018-2019
How to get involvedWe 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
The Transition Year (TY) Programme is a one-week mental health awareness placement, conducted by our clinical staff in St Patrick’s University Hospital (SPUH), Dublin. Students have approximately five sessions each day, focusing on various aspects of mental health, and they get to take part in a mock Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Meeting with staff. The programme runs from 10am – 2pm, Monday – Friday, and there is 45 minutes for lunch (provided in the SPUH restaurant) each day.
We have received very positive feedback from students who have taken part to date, and we have a graduation ceremony each year where students receive a certificate.
We are now accepting applications for the TY Programme 2019/20. Schools are selected on a lottery basis to make it fair on everyone applying.
Programmes are taking place on the following dates only:
- Programme 1: Week commencing 11th November, 2019
- Programme 2: Week commencing 18th November, 2019
- Programme 3: Week commencing 20th January, 2019
- Programme 4: Week commencing 17th February, 2019
- Programme 5: Week commencing 2nd March, 2019
HOW IT WORKS
- Teachers must apply via the application form, expressing their school’s interest in taking part in the TY Programme. You’ll find the application form HERE.
- All schools will be entered into a lottery (schools are selected on a lottery basis to make it fair on everyone applying.)
- Successful schools will be notified (due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, only successful schools will be notified).
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR HAVE NOW CLOSED
*Please note, we do not accept applications from students. Teachers must apply on behalf of the school. We can only accept one student from each school. If multiple students from the same school are interested in taking part, the onus is on the TY Coordinator to select which student gets the place on the TY Programme.
***Please note that this is an educational programme focusing on awareness and career options. It is not designed as a therapeutic programme. Parent’s consent must be submitted prior to student placement
Frame Of MindEvery 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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