Green Ribbon Campaign 2017

Karolyn Ward - Sunday, April 30, 2017

The 2017 Green Ribbon Campaign kicks off tomorrow, 1st May and will run throughout the month of May to get people talking openly about mental health and challenge the stigma of mental health problems.

Green Ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, art venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. Our aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation around 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 and chat about everyday things as well.

Visit for more tips, to join in the conversation, show your support and for information on events in your area.

Watch this space for news on the HAIL Green Ribbon Event 2017.

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