As a result of the stigma and shame of having a #mentalhealth difficulty, almost 50% of people would consider hiding a #mentalhealth difficulty from family and friends according to research from See Change.
This statistic forms part of the messaging from the 2022 Green Ribbon campaign.
The Green Ribbon campaign is coordinated by See Change which is Ireland’s National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership and is dedicated to opening minds about mental health problems and end stigma and discrimination.
See Change’s 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.
The Green Ribbon theme for 2022 is shame.
From September 19-23 the Green Ribbon Campaign will explore the theme of the behaviour of shame, looking at some of the behaviours of shame and highlighting its different categories (the mind, body, culture and values), as well as the defence strategies of shame.
A wealth of information about local mental health supports and resources is available HERE.