See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership and 90 partner organisations including the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and Citizens Information Service (CIS) are rolling out a month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2015.
More than 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health. The ribbons will also be distributed via MABS and Citizens Information Centres around the country. The aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.
You don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen.
- Talk, but listen too: simply being there will mean a lot.
- Take your lead from the person: as a first step, ask them how best you can help.
- Avoid the clichés: phrases like ‘Cheer up’, ‘I’m sure it’ll pass’ and ‘Pull yourself together’ definitely won’t help – being open minded, non-judgemental and listening will.
- Keep in touch: there are lots of small ways of showing support – send a text or just ask someone how they are doing.
- Don’t just talk about mental health: just be yourself, chat about everyday things as well.
Find out more on greenribbon.ie.