New Walk in My Shoes ambassador revealed ahead of return to air

by Rachel Darcy

Walk in My Shoes, an awareness-raising and education campaign, have announced an exciting new ambassador for their annual pop-up radio station promoting positive mental health.

Kodaline frontman, Steve Garrigan will head up a new show on the station next week alongside Diana Bunici in a special drivetime slot.

A passionate advocate for positive attitudes towards mental health, Steve’s own experience of anxiety means he speaks from a place of personal experience in his ambassador role.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve said: “I’m really excited to come on board with Walk in My Shoes this year – as someone who has dealt first-hand with anxiety down through the years, we can’t underestimate the importance of taking that first step and asking for help.

“In the past, I’ve opened up about mental health through my music and song-writing, and Walk in My Shoes is about opening up these same kinds of conversations and reminding people that it’s okay to talk about it and to seek help if they need it.”

The annual Walk in My Shoes initiative comes from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, to raise awareness of the services available to those struggling with their mental health.

Speaking about Walk in My Shoes’ new ambassador, chief executive officer of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Paul Gilligan, said: “We are so delighted to have Steve on board.

“Not only is he a committed advocate for mental health awareness, he is also someone who young people identify with and pay attention to.

“When someone like Steve says, “it’s okay not to be okay, reach out and talk to someone”, young people listen.”

WIMS FM, the pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health, will broadcast live from Monday, October 7, to Friday, October 11, 7am to 9pm daily, all to mark World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10.

With the usual mix of lifestyle, culture and mental health, WIMS FM will also feature several themed shows, focussing on a range of topics, from the impact of the never-ending news cycle on our mental health to mental health challenges for specific groups including LGBTI+, rural communities and those with experience of cancer.

The WIMS FM Schools Special will also return to provide an outlet for primary school children to talk about what’s on their minds and more.

Child and adolescent psychotherapist, Dr Colman Noctor will be on hand to give advice also. The Schools Special will air on World Mental Health Day on October 10 between 11am and 1pm.

Tune into WIMS FM via the TuneIn app, online at www.walkinmyshoes.ie or turn your radio dial to WIMS FM.

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