By Jules Norwood, ECU News Services

Feb. 15, 2016

Hundreds of pairs of shoes, each with a story to tell, filled the mall near the cupola on East Carolina University’s campus on Feb. 11.

The S.H.O.E.S. Project, which stands for Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles, was organized to raise awareness of mental health issues and to inform students of available resources.

Nearly 200 pairs of shoes were dontated by ECU students to be displayed during the event, said Waz Miller, director of residence life. Students also provided anonymous stories about the challenges faced by others and themselves, and each story was attached to a pair of shoes.

“Natalie: She is gorgeous and put together on the outside but feels like a mess on the inside. She is living in chaos, trying to act happy when her world is falling apart,” read the note on a pair of black flats.

Ben’s Topsiders bore the message, “He has extreme mood swings and doesn’t know why. He wakes up and is really down, or really happy. He does not feel balanced and wonders if something is wrong with him.

Read more about the S.H.O.E.S. Project.


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