CCFC support the Green Ribbon Campaign – Cork City Football Club
Cork City Football Club

CCFC support the Green Ribbon Campaign

Cork City FC are delighted to be the first League of Ireland club to be part of the YourMentalHealth.ie #LittleThings campaign.

As part of our involvement, we helped in the distribution of as many Green Ribbons as possible at our last home game v Shamrock Rovers on 26th May.

We encourage all, to please wear your Green Ribbon with pride to help spark a conversation about mental health, and it could encourage others to reach out, feel less alone, and to seek support.

Start the conversation: Experiencing a mental health problem is simply part and parcel of the ups and downs of life and can happen to any of us, but the silence around mental health stops people seeking help and makes the experience of being unwell much harder. It doesn’t have to be this way.

See Change: The National Stigma Reduction Partnership and our 90 partner organisations are rolling out a month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems during May 2017. More than 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge, to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. Our aim is to make the month of May every year, synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.

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

Martin Ryan, Resource officer for suicide prevention, HSE said “In Cork we are delighted to working with Cork City Football Club, and the Cork Samaritans, to promote this very important campaign; together we can achieve great things. It is clear from statistics that the people most vulnerable are men between the ages of 25-45, also we see that a lot of young people are very much a concern. Your involvement in this campaign outline and underpins the Cork City Football Club value Mental Health as well as Physical Health. Finally, I want to thank you again for your courage and belief in being the first League of Ireland club to promote this key message”

www.seechange.ie | www.yourmentalhealth.ie | www.greenribbon.ie | www.corksamaritans.ie

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