Thursday 23 October 2014

Students putting the right foot forward for mental health week

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:36

Launching the Funky Shoes Day were Katie McCarthy, Bridie Lynch, Sean Foley, Amber Doran and Jacqueline Twomey which will be held at Pobalscoil Inbhearr Sceine, Kenmare.

LOCAL residents shouldn't be too concerned this week if they spot some, let's say, rather unusual footwear on the streets of Kenmare.

It's all a bit of fun and it's in aid of a very good cause as Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine hosts its ''Funky Shoe Day' this Thursday, October 10.

All students, for a nominal charity fee of course, can wear funky shoes, odd shoes, colourful wellies or funky slippers and principal Dermot Healy says it's not just the pupils who will be getting involved.

"The teachers and other staff aren't immune either and we hope for a good turnout to help raise awareness for a very important cause," he said.

With 482 pupils, 40 teachers and around 10 further staff at the Kenmare secondary, it could mean a whopping 1,064 funky shoes on the day, so beware!

Meanwhile, during Mental Health week, junior cycle students have also been involved in a 'Design a Poster' competition on the theme 'building resilience' or 'me time'. Pupils also attended a mental health conference in The Hotel Europe on Monday and issues will be highlighted in SPHE classes too.

'Walk in My Shoes' is part of a national effort to stamp out the stigma attached to mental health difficulties. One in four will experience mental health issues in 2013 and the name 'Walk in my shoes' came from a 16-year-old attending St Patrick's Unversity Hospital who commented how he wished his friends could put themselves in his shoes to understand mental health difficulties.


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