05 Jul 2022

World mental health day is on October 10


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In the lead up to this year’s World Mental Health Day, Conor O’Keeffe, ultramarathon runner who is a passionate spokesperson for positive mental health, has been announced as the new ambassador for Walk in My Shoes.

On 10 October, for World Mental Health Day, Conor will be joining Walk in My Shoes, the flagship awareness-raising campaign of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, in encouraging everyone, no matter where they are in the country, to put on their finest funky shoes and get in to nature to walk for their wellbeing.

Speaking about joining Walk in My Shoes as ambassador, Conor said: “I am looking forward to working with Walk in My Shoes over the coming year to raise awareness of mental health, tackle mental health stigma, and to most importantly, encourage everyone to find ways that they can mind their own mental health and foster wellbeing in their day-to-day lives.

As someone who has experienced mental health difficulties for many years, from my late teens and in to my 20s, I know the importance of seeking help for your mental health, if required, and finding ways to nurture your wellbeing. I am delighted to be taking part in this year’s World Mental Health Day, encouraging everyone to take some time for themselves, or with their loved ones, to focus on positivity, wellbeing and to reconnect.”

To mark World Mental Health Day, Walk in My Shoes will also be partnering with Avoca to offer some wellbeing activities as part of its WIMS Live programme.

On Saturday, October 9, Avoca, in partnership with Walk in My Shoes, will be hosting a virtual slow flow yoga class, which can be accessed via Avoca’s Instagram channel at any time throughout the day

From 12pm – 2pm on Sunday, 10 October 10, Avoca will be waiving access fees to their gardens at Mount Usher and Powerscourt, and encouraging anyone who can to step out in style for a wellbeing walk, donning their funkiest shoes. Conor will be joining the celebrations at Mount Usher.

All those who are getting out this Sunday are invited to share their pictures of walking in their funky shoes across social media to highlight the significance of positivity, hope and recovery, and to celebrate World Mental Health Day. You can tag the organisers on Instagram @stpatricks_wims and use the #WIMSLive

In addition to collaborating for World Mental Health Day, Walk in My Shoes has also been announced as Avoca’s 2021 Christmas charity partner.

Speaking about Walk in My Shoes’ new ambassador and World Mental Health Day, Paul Gilligan, CEO, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, said: “We are delighted to have Conor onboard as Walk in My Shoes Ambassador, and look forward to working with him on World Mental Health Day and over the coming year as we continue to raise awareness about mental health.”

Having open and honest conversations about mental health and how to seek support when needed, along with finding ways to manage and maintain your wellbeing, are all important steps in fostering positive mental health. This World Mental Health Day, we’re reminding everyone that mental health difficulties do not need to be a barrier to leading a successful, fulfilling life, and that recovery is always possible.”

Walk in My Shoes is currently running WIMS Live, a four-week programme of online wellbeing events, activities and curated content to coincide with World Mental Health Day. To find out more about WIMS Live or to get involved with it or the World Mental Health Day initiative, click

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