Walk in my Shoes Campaign – 9th May 2014 Loreto Beaufort

‘A 16 year old in our hospital said he wished his friends could put themselves in his shoes. By wearing odd or mismatched shoes, you can do just that. Step out of your comfort zone and help us to stamp out the stigma that surrounds mental health difficulties. ‘Walk in My Shoes’ is a year- long campaign promoting early intervention, offering mental health education and aims to tackle the stigma. You can get involved in our campaign by sharing our mental health information packs, challenging the stigma and fundraising to support vulnerable young adults in Ireland.

Ask those taking part to step out of their comfort zone and wear shoes they normally wouldn’t for the day- wellies to work, slippers to school or mismatched shoes for the day’.

Join ‘Walk in My Shoes’ with U2′s Adam Clayton, and help us stamp out the stigma, raise awareness and put vulnerable young adults back on the road to recovery. “Our message is simple. You don’t have to wait to enjoy life again. Every day you live with a mental health difficulty that can be managed and resolved, no matter what stage it’s at, is a day you haven’t lived to its fullest. People experiencing mental health difficulties should not only believe that recovery is possible but should expect recovery. Everyone has a right to good mental health.” Text “Shoes” to 57802 to donate €2 if you would like to support or check out the website www.walkinmyshoes.ie

N.B On Friday 9th May 2014 we in Beaufort will have the chance to wear mismatched shoes- that we wouldn’t normally wear as we continue to promote Mental Health Awareness and break the stigma associated with mental health issues.

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