So­cial event to fo­cus on men­tal health

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

This evening, a spe­cial so­cial event takes place in Fer­moy with the em­pha­sis on men­tal health is­sues.

It is be­ing or­gani ed by Muin­tir na Tíre Cork in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Fer­moy branch of the Cork Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion and the Fer­moy Com­mu­nity Health Project.

It will fo­cus par­tic­u­larly on older peo­ple and the like­li­hood of men­tal health is­sues.

En­ti­tled Happy Mind, Happy Life, Be Ac­tive, Be Aware, Be In­volved, the so­cial event forms part of the sixth na­tional Green Rib­bon cam­paign which runs through­out this month of May.

The Green Rib­bon cam­paign strives to re­move the stigma of men­tal health through com­mu­nity events and dis­course.

The cam­paign is over­seen by the ‘See Change’ move­ment with thou­sands of groups, work­places and in­di­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pat­ing across 60 am­bas­sadors and 100 part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This mon h the or­gan­i­sa­tion will dis­trib­ute 500,000 green rib­bons as sym­bols against any stigma which ex­ists around men­tal health.

‘See Change’ be­lieves four in every ten peo­ple could be con­ceal­ing men al health prob­lems from those clos­est to them.

The move­ment also con­cludes that 46% of peo­ple un­der 35 would be likely to con­ceal a men­tal health dif­fi­culty from fam­ily, friends, or col­leagues.

Ru­ral dwellers are more likely (42%) to con­ceal such prob­lems than their ur­ban coun­ter­parts.

The cam­paign en­cour­ages open dis­cus­sion, un­der­lined by the mes­sage that one does not have to be an ex­pert to talk about men­tal health and that talk­ing to any­one may be of great help.

By proxy, a will­ing­ness and avail­abil­ity sim­ply to lis­ten is equally im­por­tant to­wards elim­i­nat­ing stigma and pro­vid­ing sup­port.

The Fer­moy event prom­ises to be an evening of chat ac­com­pa­nied by light re­fresh­ments, mu­sic pro­vided by John White, and danc­ing, with­out al­ter­ing the men­tal health fo­cus.

This evening’s event, com­menc­ing at 7.30pm, will com­mence with short talks on men­tal health and tips on how to re­main re­silient if un­der stress.

Among those ad­dress­ing the at­ten­dance are lo­cal ra­dio pre­sen­ters Joe Hef­fer­nan and Pa­tri­cia Mes­sen­ger, while those at­tend­ing will be en­cour­aged to pose ques­tions of all or any of the speak­ers.

The Green Rib­bon so­cial evening takes place in Fer­moy Com­mu­nity Youth Cen­tre and ad­mis­sion is free.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from 021 4500688.

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