Kerry GAA Gets Behind ‘Green Ribbon’ Mental Health Campaign

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Dr Darragh Phelan HSE, Dermot Reen HSE, Marie Louise Sheehy HSE, Bernie Reen Children’s Officer Kerry GAA, Mike O’Halloran HSE, Mary O’Mahony HSE, Julieann Lane HSE and Tim Murphy Chairman Kerry County GAA Board at the launch of Kerry GAA’s support of the Green Ribbon Campaign. Photo By : Domnick Walsh

Kerry GAA is encouraging club members to ‘Wear the Green Ribbon’ this May to end Mental Health stigma in Kerry.

The annual Green Ribbon Campaign takes place every May, and aims to get people talking openly about common mental health problems.

This campaign promotes open conversation about mental health and it challenges the associated stigma that sometimes comes with it.

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Green Ribbons were given to club delegates at the County Committee meeting last Monday night and additional Green Ribbons will be distributed to clubs over the coming week.

To support the Green Ribbon campaign this May, Kerry GAA is encouraging all club members, team mentors, coaches, club officers etc. to wear the Green Ribbon and to use social media accounts and photographs to spread the word.

Distributing a green ribbon to people attending games would have a huge impact in getting the conversation going as would including information on the Green Ribbon campaign in match programmes.

More than 500,000 free green ribbons are distributed every year to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, canteens, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland.

Wearing a green ribbon during May, could encourage others to reach out, feel less alone and to seek support.

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