Trad Tune Challenge : Walk in My Shoes - Supporting young adults with mental health

This is a fantastic initiative by Tommy McCarthy of the renowned Burren pub in Somerville MA, USA.  We had the Ice Bucket Challenge and now we have the Trad Tune Challenge.  It's in support St. Patrick's Mental Health Foundation in Dublin and their Walk in My Shoes Campaign.  The challenge is taking place on many fronts and on Facebook a Trad Tune Challenge has started. People get nominated to play a tune, they record and upload the tune, and then they in turn nominate 3 or more people.

You can find out more by visiting

To support this you can make your €2 donation by texting SHOES to 57802
To keep the campaign alive and in the news stream here on Tradconnect simply respond to this blog by adding a comment below, or a favourite video or Soundcloud track and say that your have made your donation
Why support ‘Walk in My Shoes’?

The statistics around young adults and mental illness in Ireland are stark, and large numbers of vulnerable young adults need your support TODAY!

If left untreated, mental health problems can cause lifelong disability and suffering, and have a major impact on personal development, education, work and physical health.

The facts speak for themselves!

  • 1 in 4 young people in Ireland will experience a mental health difficulty.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death among 18-25 year old men in Ireland and the second most common cause of death generally in this age group.
  • Ireland has one of the highest suicide rates in the 14-24 age group in the EU.
  • 75% of all mental health difficulties begin before 24 years of age.
  • 1 in 6 employees in Ireland will experience a mental health difficulty.

Many of the problems associated with mental illness – including suicide – are preventable with early clinical intervention.

Between 45% and 65% suffer from treatable mental illnesses such as depression or psychosis. Early intervention in these conditions can stop deterioration, aid recovery, and prevent relapse, giving young adults real hope in returning to a normal life.

This is why it’s so vitally important that you support Walk In My Shoes – helping us to reach out to those who are most at risk.
To support this you can make your €2 donation by texting SHOES to 57802
To keep this blog alive add a comment/favourite video/your band video/your Soundcloud track etc below

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Comment by TradConnect on November 8, 2014 at 17:18

This is a chance to shamelessly promote your latest video or Soundcloud track.  Go for it.  It keeps the blog alive and in the news stream.  

Just click the little blue icon above this text and add the embed code from YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud.  

Don't forget to add a line stating that you made your €2 or more donation. Here is our favourite track from this week.

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