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Jan 2017 by PCI College

Connection Profile: Walk In My Shoes

Promoting positive mental health, one step at a time Established in 2012, Walk in My Shoes is a mental health awareness and education campaign of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Ireland’s largest independent, not-for-profit mental health service. Walk in My Shoes representatives are educating people in schools, colleges, companies and communities across Ireland on the warning signs and available support services.

What we do:

 

The campaign provides resources to Primary & Secondary schools, colleges, workplaces and communities. We run mental health awareness initiatives throughout the year such as our Funky Shoe Days in schools, Walk in My Shoes pop-up radio station and a Transition Year Programme.

 

One of our biggest initiatives is #MindYourSelfie,  a series of mental health eBooks that we launched in April 2016.  The #MindYourSelfie  mental health packs are available to download on www.walkinmyshoes.ie.There are 5 eBooks available: Primary & Secondary school, College, Workplace and Community. The eBooks provide advice & tips on ways to take care of our mental health.

 

#MindYourSelfie was a huge success and we are currently working on part 2 of this initiative which will be aimed specifically at schools.  We currently have a Schools Outreach Officer, who is visiting Primary and Secondary schools around Ireland, to talk about ‘wellbeing’ and to promote self-care and resilience.

 

Every year we run a short film competition called ‘Frame of Mind’. We receive over 50 submissions each year and we hold an Awards Ceremony for the 10 short-listed films. To judge the short films we enlist the help of Sylvia Thompson from the Irish Times and Michael Doherty from the RTE Guide.

 

You can view our previous winning films here: http://www.walkinmyshoes.ie/shortfilmcomp/

 

Each year we collaborate with USI and PleaseTalk as part of the ‘Chats for Change’ road show. For one week in October, all 3 organisations visit colleges to talk to students about mental health and provide packs of tea bags with the encouraging message to ‘have a cuppa with a friend and start the conversation around mental health.’

 

For the past 2 years we have run a Student Training Day in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, for all incoming Students Union Welfare Officers across Ireland.  The aim is to educate the Officers on the warning signs and the support services available to them when in their important role. Colleges run their own mental health events throughout the year and we are here to assist in any way we can, be it providing Helpline posters for their college campus or providing mental health packs.

 

For more information check out www.walkinmyshoes.ie where you will see a library of guest blog posts and podcasts.

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