Walk in My Shoes Support
On Friday the 10th of October, our school took part in St. Patrick's Mental Health Foundations' "Walk in My Shoes"
This day is significant because, October 10th is world Mental Health Day. The nationwide event aims to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health and mindfulness across our community.
Students were encouraged to decorate their footware or wear a pair of shoes that were "funky" or "mismatched". Tutors collected €2 from each student involved in the "Walk in My Shoes" awareness day and the monies raised will be forwarded to the St. Patrick's Helpline, which offers practical advice and direction to people in need of help and support.
( visit: http://www.walkinmyshoes.ie/)
Research findings from the WHO shows that 75% of all mental health difficulties begin before the age of 24. Younger people seem particularly vulnerable to the stresses and the pressures to succeed against an often rigourous checklist, partly self-generated, and to find their own place in the world. This event allowed us reflection time to consider our mental health gauge.
One student reported that the "fact that St. Wolstan's C.S dedicated a day to positive mental health is very important because it makes those who have mental health issues feel like they are not alone and will hopefully encourage them to seek help". Overall, the students felt it was a great method of raising awareness and educating themselves
"It was a great way to learn about mental health in a fun, positive way.