- Aongus Kelly, Hansfield Educate Together, Dublin 15, pictured with Paul Gilligan, CEO, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and guest speaker, Hannah Tyrell

More than 100 Transition Year students from across Ireland have graduated from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’s Walk in my Shoes programme this month.

The Walk in my Shoes programme is a mental health awareness initiative that aims to educate young people and to breakdown the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.

Students participate in a week-long placement hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health Team at St Patrick’s University Hospital, aiming to help students understand mental health difficulties, positive mental health and combatting stigma.

To date, more than 700 students have completed the programme, which is now in its eight year.

Paul Gilligan, the chief executive at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, said: “Mental health is one of the most important public health issues across the globe and educating students from a young age is crucial to promoting positive mental health attitudes and behaviour and to tackling stigma.

“Each year, the Walk in My Shoes Transition Year programme sees students graduate with a better understanding of mental health difficulties, and equips them with skills to act as mental wellbeing ambassadors for their schools and local communities.”