Tomorrow is national Time to Talk Day, as part of the Green Ribbon Campaign which encourages Irish people to start a conversation about mental health.
The event was launched this morning by Green Ribbon ambassadors, volunteers and members of Trinity College Students Union.
The initiative plans to encourage Irish people to talk about mental health and challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health problems.
The Green Ribbon campaign is a month long social movement through the month of May to get Ireland talking about mental health.
Here are some tips on starting a conversation about mental health
Understand that you don’t need to be an expert
Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them. You do not need to have all of the answers.
Talk, but listen to
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 will not help. Being open minded, non-judgemental and listening will.
Keep in touch
There are lots of small ways of showing support. You can send a text or just ask someone how they are doing.
Don’t just talk about mental health
Just be yourself, chat about everyday things as well.
You can show your support by adding the Green Ribbon to your profile pic on social media account here: http://twibbon.com/support/green-ribbon-3
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