Green Ribbon Event – reducing the stigma

Members of The Defence Forces pictured with Joanne McNamara, Community Worker, HSE and Helena Cogan, Cork Kerry Community Health Care Regional resource officer for suicide prevention, at the Green Ribbon event at Collins Barracks, Cork. (Pic: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO)

With the aim of ending stigma around mental ill health, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare teamed up with organisations across both counties, holding a Green Ribbon event during the month of May. 

The target was to start conversations and end the negative labelling of people with mental ill health.

Stigma leads to feelings of shame or humiliation, and may lead to people delaying seeking help, or not seeking help at all.

That’s why a key aim of the Connecting of Life Suicide and Self-harm reduction plans for Cork and Kerry is to reduce stigma.

The seventh annual Green Ribbon campaign was run by See Change and funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention.

Safe spaces

The HSE and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is delighted to get behind this important campaign, so that we work together to make Green Ribbon month a time when we create safe spaces for conversations around mental health, reminding our selves that mental health and wellbeing is a spectrum.

We all sit somewhere on that spectrum, and indeed move along it at different times.

Over two days the Defence Forces in Collins Barracks in Cork hosted Green Ribbon Coffee mornings in the army mess to promote the messages of the Green Ribbon Campaign.