Thousands of Green Ribbons will be distributed free of charge and nationwide. Pick up your Green Ribbon at every major Irish Rail station and Citizens Information Centres across the country.

Green Ribbon Workplace Event

To mark Green Ribbon month, See Change held an event for workplaces on Monday 15th May in the Morgan Hotel. 40 representatives from various organisations across all type of industries attended the event. These includes organisations that have already signed up to or completed the See Change pledge  and organisations that are just starting their journey and looking for ways to encourage open conversation around mental health in their workplaces.

Gerry Hussey, Performance Psychologist spoke on the day and was truly inspirational. He encouraged everyone to take time out and reflect “ looking back what advice would we give to our 8 year old selves“? He focused on the importance of recovery and happiness. Later in the morning, Louise O’Brien from Boots and Grainne Quinn from Exterion Media shared how their organisations have completed the steps of the See Change programme and in breakout sessions the rest of the group shared experiences and made suggestions of what they can all do in their organisations to encourage open and honest conversations around mental health in their workplaces. It was a great morning and thanks to all who attended.

Dolores Kavanagh, See Change, and Performance Psychologist Gerry Hussey

National Time to Talk Day 19 May 2017 – a Special Thanks

Thank you to everyone who helped to start a conversation about mental health this national ‘Time to Talk’ day, 19 May 2017.

A special thank you to our distribution partner Irish Rail for assisting us with our distribution throughout the month. We are extremely grateful also to Bodywhys, Mental Health Ireland and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services for their help in making our Mental Health Fair in Heuston Station Possible.

Thanks to ‘Singing for the Health of it’ and all the Eve Clubhouses who organised music and a public Freeze Mob on North Earl Street.

National ‘Time to Talk’ day 2017 in numbers

43,396 – the number of times our Tweets were viewed

1074 – the number of times our Tweets were engaged with

156 – the number of reTweets we received

183 –  the number of likes our Tweets received

43,456  –  the number of times our Facebook posts were seen

27,023 – the number of people who saw our Facebook posts

840 – the number of times our Facebook posts were engaged with

472 – the number of times our Facebook posts were clicked on

1,500 – the number of Green Ribbons distributed by See Change staff on national ‘Time to Talk’ day

A.B.C. For Mental Health support Green Ribbon 2017 in Limerick

We at See Change would like to say a huge thank you for the support of A.B.C. For Mental Health in Limerick.

The final lunchtime talk held by A.B.C. For Mental Health in the Hunt Museum will take place on May 31. It is titled ‘Awareness Through Movement’ and will feature guest speaker Stephen Wallace.

Over the last month A.B.C. For Mental Health have held a number of successful and engaging mental health themed events in support of the Green Ribbon 2017 campaign.

On Sunday May 21, A.B.C. for Mental Health held a Green Ribbon Family Day in Limerick Milk Market between 12-4:30 pm, with information stalls, music and children’s entertainment which included face painting, a clown, a magician & sword fighting. This was the main event held by A.B.C For Mental Health of the campaign and proved to be a positive and uplifting day for many involved.

A.B.C. For Mental Health hosted lunchtime talks throughout the month of May in the Hunt Museum. On May 3 they held a talk entitled ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide Prevention’ with Ger McNamara, Chairperson of Limerick Suicide Watch as the guest speaker.

On May 10 the lunchtime talk was named ‘Shedding light on Schizophrenia and Bipolar’ with guest speaker Owen Finnegan. On May 17 guest speaker Eleanor McSherry spoke about ‘What is Positive Mental Health’.

The most recent lunchtime talk was held on May 24. See Change ambassador, blogger and television panelist with TV3’s The Elaine Show, Jen Ronan, presented her ‘Five Little Triumphs’.

A.B.C. For Mental Health is an organisation set up to promote a healthy and open attitude towards Mental Health. A.B.C. For Mental Health aims to promote mental health awareness, to reduce the stigma that is attached to mental health and to network with all the different organisation so we can work together to support people who experience mental health difficulties.

For more information on the lunchtime talks being held in the Hunt Museum see http://www.ilovelimerick.ie/?s=events

Firhouse Scouts organise ‘Tea & Me’ event for Green Ribbon 2017

We were delighted to speak at the very first ‘Tea and Me’ day organised by Firhouse Rover Scouts who opening their doors to the public for Green Ribbon Month.

Roisin from Reachout.com spoke alongside Claire from See Change. They discussed with Scouts, team leaders and members of the public about the effects of stigma on mental health in Ireland and what can be done to have good mental health. It was well received by all in attendance.

Thanks again to Scouting Ireland for all their support.

  

Meeting with Ivor- Special screening in Galway Town Hall for Green Ribbon 2017

ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY MEETINGS WITH IVOR AT TOWN HALL THEATRE IN SUPPORT OF YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH
As part of Green Ribbon campaign, The Town Hall Theatre Galway are showing their support and opening the conversation around mental health. Following sell-out screenings in cinemas and arts centres around the country, Meetings with Ivor will have a special benefit screening at the Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday May 24th at 8pm.  Green Ribbons will also be distributed on the night.

This event is in conjunction with See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership. All profits will be donated to Please Talk which is See Change’s National Youth Programme. The proceeds will be utilised to raise mental health awareness and the importance of talking for Third level students on NUIG and GMIT Campuses in Galway.

The Town Hall is also delighted to announce that the director Alan Gilsenan will attend this special screening followed by a Q&A chaired by Galway-based journalist Lorna Siggins to open the conversation about mental health with the audience. More special guests may be confirmed closer the date.

Produced by Galway-based Parzival Productions, Meetings with Ivor is an 81-minute documentary on the life and work of ground-breaking psychiatrist Ivor Browne. Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. His pioneering and often controversial work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is well-known.

Alan Gilsenan’s new film, produced by Tomás Hardiman, captures the essence of this extraordinary man. In a quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet Browne, now in his late-eighties, who is still full of energy, good humour and compassion, and who remains a deeply-informed, startlingly innovative thinker. His unique attributes continue to find vital expression and offer real hope in an increasingly bewildering world. The film contains contributions from a host of familiar Galway faces including Tommy Tiernan, Tom Murphy, Mary Coughlan and Professor Brendan Kelly. Sebastian Barry and Nell McCafferty also feature among contributors. The Spiddal-based piper, Ronan Browne, son of Ivor, composed the haunting musical score.

Tickets are now on sale at www.tht.ie  or by calling the Town Hall Box Office on 091 569777.

ENDS

For more information please contact

Treasa Hanniffy, National Please Talk Officer at treasa@pleasetalk.ie or 086 173128

Dundalk fans show their support for Green Ribbon 2017

The Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum  teamed up with Dundalk FC to distribute ribbons in support of the Green Ribbon Campaign2017, which runs throughout the month of May.

People who attended the Dundalk versus Sligo Rovers match were encouraged to play their part by wearing the Green Ribbon in an effort to contribute to a nationwide conversation about mental health.

Speaking ahead of the match, Derek Pepper Regional Coordinator for Shine said, “The Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum is delighted to be teaming up with Dundalk FC yet again for this special occasion. This will be the 4th consecutive year that we have worked together to bring much needed awareness to the topic of mental health with our Green Ribbon campaign. We have always received a fantastic response from the Dundalk Fans, who have aided our cause by wearing their Green Ribbons during the previous games and we’re looking forward to a similar reaction this year. We know from our own work at Shine that the silence around mental health can often stop people seeking the support they need.”

Thanks to all those who started the conversation about mental health on the day.

Cairdeas Clubhouse lend their support to Green Ribbon 2017

On Thursday May 11th  Cairdeas Clubhouse gathered at Tesco Express in Bray for their first scheduled event of Green Ribbon Month May 2017.

They said: “It was a beautiful sunny day as we distributed over 200 ribbons among the busy shoppers of Bray. We had a number of interesting conversations with people about mental health issues. We gave out a few Cairdeas clubhouse leaflets as well and displayed some of our Green Ribbon Artwork.”

Many thanks to Michelle from the Bray Area Partnership and all from Cairdeas clubhouse who took part on the day.