Wednesday 16 January 2019

Green Ribbon Week on mental health opens on Tuesday evening in Fermoy

Bill Browne

Older people from the Fermoy area have been invited to participate in a free open evening taking place in the local Community Centre next Tuesday under the umbrella of the Green Ribbon Campaign.

The campaign is a month-long initiative running throughout May organised by See Change, a national organisation dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding the issue of mental health. 

Research undertaken by See Change in 2017 showed that four out of 10 people questioned would conceal a mental health difficulty from family, friends of work colleagues. As part of their annual campaign 500,000 green ribbons were distributed free across the country as a visual symbol to raise awareness of the issue.

Events are also being held across the country, with the Fermoy branch of the Cork Mental Health Foundation and the Fermoy Community Health Project coming together to stage next Tuesday's open evening, which will get underway at 7.30pm. Entitled 'Happy Mind, Happy Life, Be active, Be Aware, Be Involved' it is billed as being an evening of conversation, tea and dancing "with a focus on positive mental health and well-being".

It will commence with a series of short presentations on mental health, including tips on how to keep minds resilient and in good shape. Keynote speaker will be Joe Heffernan, who in addition to running a professionally accredited counselling service hosts a weekly slot on the C103 Cork Today show.

The evening will conclude with light refreshments and dancing to John White. For more information about the evening contact 021 450 0688.