Leitrim County Council buildings will be lighting up green to end mental health stigma as part of See Change’s 6th National Green Ribbon campaign this May. You are also invited to take part by organising an event in your area to help end mental health stigma as part of See Change’s Green Ribbon Campaign.
Research released by See Change ahead of the campaign shows that 1 in 5 people still associate derogatory language with mental health difficulties.
The Green Ribbon campaign aims to end mental health stigma by prompting hundreds of events and thousands of conversations all over Ireland during the month of May each year. The campaign was officially launched today, Thursday, May 3 at 11am in the Mansion House, Dublin. Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, Mental Health Advocate and Sports Broadcaster Alan Quinlan, international expert on mental health stigma Sir Graham Thornicroft and See Change Ambassador, Blogger and TV Panellist Jen Ronan all spoke at the launch.
Between now and the end of May 500,000 free ribbons will be distributed to homes, workplaces, schools, colleges and communities all over Ireland to encourage people to talk about mental health.
See Change have already been pleased to announce that they have distributed all of their free Green Ribbons to community groups and workplaces. You can still pick up a Green Ribbon at Major Iarnród Éirean Stations or Boots Pharmacies nationwide.
If you or your community group would like to organise a Green Ribbon event, coffee morning or a walk and talk during the month of May go to See Change’s website HERE for help and advice on arranging your event.
A useful booklet on Mental Health Stigma is also available from See Change HERE