St. Kilian’s is incredibly proud of our Transition Year student Ashling Ahern who was one of 90 students in Ireland who recently graduated from St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ Walk In My Shoes TY programme to become a Mental Wellbeing Ambassador.
The programme saw students experience a week long placement in St. Patrick’s University Hospital, which was hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health team. To date, almost 600 students have taken part in the programme, which is currently in its seventh year.
The placement is designed to educate young people on important mental health issues and to challenge the stigma associated with mental health difficulties. On completion, participants become Mental Wellbeing Ambassadors and return to their schools and communities with an added understanding of positive mental health. Each graduate delivers a presentation to their classmates to spread their understanding of the importance of promoting positive mental health in school and in their communities.
More information is available on the Walk in My Shoes website.