Dundalk FC Support Green Ribbon Campaign
This week, the Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum will team up with Dundalk FC to distribute ribbons in support of the Green Ribbon Campaign 2018, which runs throughout the month of May.
People attending the Dundalk versus Bray Wanderers match will be 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 says, “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 5th 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 over the years previously 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. We like to think this initiative in Dundalk will go some way to encouraging a more open and understanding approach to emotional distress and mental illness within the community.”
Derek continues, “The organisations involved in the Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum, provide a range of support and information services to people with mental ill health and to their relatives. Community awareness is vital in assisting us to carry out the work that we do.”
The Green Ribbon campaign aims to change minds about mental health by prompting hundreds of events and thousands of conversations all over Ireland during the month of May each year.
Between now and the end of May 500,000 ribbons will be sent out to homes, workplaces, schools, colleges and communities all over Ireland.
CONTACT: Derek Pepper, 0868525422, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum
The Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum is an initiative made up of service providers and interested parties who wish to promote positive mental health awareness in Dundalk. The Forum includes representation from organisations such as Shine, Dundalk Outcomers, GROW, the HSE, an Garda Siochana, Dundalk Counselling Centre, Turas Counselling Services and the Louth Leader Partnership to name but a few.
Since it’s inception in early 2013, the Dundalk Positive Mental Health Forum has held a number of awareness events in and around the Dundalk area.
Shine is the national organisation dedicated to campaigning for the rights and empowerment of all people affected by mental ill health. We deliver recovery-focused supports to people with mental ill health and their families in offices based throughout Ireland.
We aim to empower people with mental ill health and their families through support, information and education. We also advocate for social change, promoting and defending the right of all those affected by mental ill health to equal rights and quality services.
About See Change and Green Ribbon
See Change is Ireland’s national stigma reduction programme, working to change minds about mental health problems. We work as a partnership of over 90 organisations to create a disruptive, community driven social movement to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.
The See Change vision is that every person in Ireland can be open and positive about mental health, understanding it as a normal part of the ups and downs of life.
In May 2018, See Change and its partner organisations will roll out the fifth annual Green Ribbon campaign to get Ireland talking about mental health. 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide and free of charge in conjunction with hundreds of local and national events.
This movement is led by the See Change ambassadors, a group of 60 people with experience of mental health problems, who are sharing their stories to spark a national conversation. See Change ambassadors will be leading conversations across the country in May. Use #GreenRibbonIRL to join the conversation online.