What is the Green Ribbon Campaign?
The annual Green Ribbon Campaign takes place every May, and aims to get people talking openly about common mental health problems. This campaign promotes open conversation about mental health and it challenges the associated stigma that sometimes comes with it.
More than 500,000 free green ribbons are distributed every year to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, canteens, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. Wearing a green ribbon during May, could encourage others to reach out, feel less alone and to seek support.
Why talk about mental health?
Research shows that the stigma sometimes associated with mental health, means that many people keep their problems hidden and are reluctant to look for help. As a result, important relationships can become damaged, we can become isolated and day-to-day life can become harder and harder.
Being open and honest about our mental health is important. The first steps are to find the right person to talk with and the most comfortable way to do it.
How can I support the Campaign?
The annual Green Ribbon Campaign is brought to you by SeeChange and supported by the HSE (National Office for Suicide Prevention), The Department of Health, St John of God Hospital and St Patrick's Mental Health Services.