Help break down the stigma of mental illness
Get involved in the Green Ribbon campaign.
Written by Shane Lyne
Voices - Experiences
Young people share their personal experiences.
The green ribbon is a symbol used to show support and create awareness for those suffering from mental illness. Just like the pink ribbon supports breast cancer awareness, the green ribbon supports mental health awareness. Mental health is a very big issue in today’s society and needs to be taken seriously. Over 300,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to raise awareness about the issue.
Research carried out by See Change, the people behind the Green Ribbon campaign tells us that 56% of Irish people would not want other people to know about their mental health problem. 41% of Irish people would hide a mental health problem from a friend, and 28% of Irish people would delay seeking professional help for fears of others finding out.
How Can I Help?
If you want to get involved in promoting the Green Ribbon campaign, there are lots of events being held around the country to raise awareness. Some of them include: 3K walk for Green Ribbon in Crumlin Village, Dublin, Green Ribbon Distribution at Irish Rail Stations and “Let’s talk and walk” events around the country. For more events check out www.greenribbon.ie
If you would like to show your support there are plenty of things you can do such as:
- Like Green Ribbon on Facebook.
- Support their Thunderclap with Facebook and Twitter.
- Tweet about it using #GreenRibbonIRL
- Download the conversation pack
- Add the green ribbon to your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter
Start Your Conversation
A mental health problem is not something out of the ordinary and it can happen to anyone at anytime. The best way for you to help a person with a mental health problem is to learn how to help and support them. There is a good chance someone you know or even you will go through a tough time at some point. You don’t have to know everything about mental health to help someone, the best thing to do is let them know you are there for them if they want help or support.
You can't solve every problem so sometimes it will need professional attention, which is why there are different organisations set up to help people with mental health problems. Remember, you can also go to your local GP and talk to them about your issue. You can contact Samaritans for free on 116 123 at any time day or night, or contact the 1life suicide prevention 24/7 helpline on 1800 247 100.
For more information check out our article on supporting a friend who has depression