Research carried out by See Change has found that 4 in 10 people would not want their family, friends or colleagues to know if they were struggling with their mental health. The stigma in Ireland around mental health is seen to be one of the main reasons people would not seek the help that they need.
See Change’s aim is to ‘Look Beyond the often negative labels associated with mental health difficulty so that every person in Ireland can be open and positive about their own and others mental health.’ In order to start the conversation around this topic, for the month of May, See Change are rolling out a national Green Ribbon campaign to encourage everyone in Ireland to end the stigma around mental health. Half a million green ribbons have been distributed nationwide as a visual symbol to help end the stigma.
People who live in distressed relationships are three times more likely to suffer from mood disorders. As well as this relationship distress is the strongest predictor of maternal psychological distress and increased rates of depression. Children can also be affected by parental conflict from a very young age. According to David Marjoriabnks inter-parental conflict can affect children and adolescents wellbeing and development, leading to increased anxiety, withdrawal and depression.
At Ag Eisteacht we know that the quality of our relationships is a key determinant of our health and well-being. Through research for our publication ‘Relationships Matter’ indisputable evidence was found to suggest that good quality relationships have a positive effect on the quality of a person’s life and their health and well-being and poor relationships have a negative impact.
The next time you notice someone struggling don’t be afraid to check in with that person and open up the conversation. Sometimes we have a habit of trying to ‘fix the problem’, but instead try and just listen to your partner, friend or colleague and let them know they have a safe place to turn to.
To find out more about the Green Ribbon Campaign 2018 click here.