Wellbeing is an integral part of health. It reflects the quality of life and the various factors which can influence it over the course of a person’s life. Wellbeing also reflects the concept of positive mental health, in which a person can realise his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and be able to make a contribution to his or her community. Consideration of health and wellbeing requires a shift in focus from what can go wrong in people’s lives, to focusing on what makes their lives go well.

Positive mental health is about enhancing mental health and quality of life at a population level. To achieve this we focus on enhancing wellbeing and improving our social, physical and economic environment. Click here for more.

Green Ribbon Campaign

See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership  and its 90 partner organisations are rolling out a major  month-long national campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2015. 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed free of charge and nationwide in conjunction with 100s of local and national events and at every Irish Rail station and Citizens Information centres.

Tips of talking about mental health: Key messages

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’re doing”
  • Don’t just talk about mental health: Just be yourself, chat about everyday things as well.

We often hear that we need to talk more about mental health and the simple and free Green Ribbon provides a practical way of turning that into action. The 500,000 people who will be wearing Green Ribbons this May will not only be showing their support for the campaign but also leaving the door open for conversation. For someone who might be going through a tough time, just knowing that they dont have to avoid the subject with you can make all the difference.

2015 marks the third year of the campaign where in 2014, over 1.6 million conversations about mental health were sparked during Green Ribbon month.