See Change launches 7th annual Green Ribbon Mental Health Stigma Reduction Campaign
Connecting for Life partners See Change, officially launched the 7th annual Green Ribbon Campaign to End Mental Health Stigma today (Tuesday, April 30th) in Dublin's Mansion House. The campaign was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring and Ireland International rugby player and mental health advocate Hannah Tyrrell.
The Green Ribbon Campaign aims to end the stigma and change people’s attitudes to mental health problems by prompting hundreds of events and thousands of conversations all over Ireland during the month of May each year.
Speaking about the importance of ending mental health stigma, keynote speaker Hannah Tyrrell said:
“For me, the fear of shame and stigma of dealing with a mental health problem in the past meant that I was reluctant to share what I was going through with anyone or seek help, which led me to a very dark place. We need to create an environment where people can be open about their mental health difficulties and promote a greater understanding and acceptance of mental ill health.”
Funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, See Change is a national partnership working to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland which are a "crucial strand of work associated with Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide."
The partnership is made up of over 100 organisations and 60 Ambassadors who work to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems and challenge discrimination.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring said:
“It is so encouraging to witness the Green Ribbon campaign gaining momentum year after year in creating a progressive community driven social movement to end the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. Stigma is a significant problem for people who experience mental ill health and has been recognised as a barrier to recovery. Families and communities play a vital part in the recovery process, so we all share a responsibility to talk about mental health and work together to break the stigma.”
Statistics from the impact report published following the 2018 Green Ribbon campaign, show that almost 8 in 10 people feel more comfortable having a conversation about mental health with someone they know following the Green Ribbon campaign. 71% said that they have heard more family and friends talking about mental health with 68% saying that they have heard more open conversations about mental health amongst their colleagues following the campaign.
Barbara Louise Brennan, See Change Programme Coordinator added:
“There is an assumption that you need to be an expert to talk about mental health, but the reality is, you don’t! Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen. Wear the Green Ribbon and start your conversation.”
For more information on this years Green Ribbon Campaign, visit www.seechange.ie