Tipp’s Coonan welcomes increase in talking about mental health

Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the news that 78 per cent of people who saw See Change’s Green Ribbon campaign in May 2013 say they now feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health.

Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the news that 78 per cent of people who saw See Change’s Green Ribbon campaign in May 2013 say they now feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health.

Deputy Coonan helped organise the launch of this important campaign which saw Party Leaders unite in support.

“Clare TD and Assistant Government Chief Whip Joe Carey and I met representatives of See Change last May to discuss how we could help their national awareness campaign. We also contacted An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Party Leaders asking them to support the campaign.

“I am very pleased to see that recent market research conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne on this month-long drive to get Ireland talking about mental health has found that the green ribbon symbol, that was distributed free of charge across the country by See Change and its 80 partner organisations and worn by over 150,000 people, has given rise to increased discussion of mental health,” said Deputy Coonan.

“Mental health is a prevalent issue that needs to be constantly discussed in an open arena. It affects every family and household and we need talk openly about it and be there to listen if needed,” said Deputy Coonan.

He said key findings of the research show almost half of Irish adults who saw the Green Ribbon campaign have been hearing conversations about mental health among family, friends and at work since the campaign. Some 78 per cent of Irish people now feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health. A total of 62 per cent say the Green Ribbon campaign has encouraged them to start conversations about mental health and 87 per cent feel it is important to continue to have open conversations about mental health with friends / family / colleagues in our daily lives.