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Green Ribbon launch in Leinster House ‘a great success’ – Ó Caoláin

5 May, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

The See Change Green Ribbon campaign launch in Leinster House today has been described by Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and organiser of the event, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD as a “great success”.

Over 60 Dáil Deputies and Senators attended the hour long event in Leinster House where See Change Director and Chairperson of the Government  appointed Mental Health Commission John Saunders gave a stirring address urging all present to proudly wear the Green Ribbon throughout the month of May thereby “helping to reduce and ultimately end the stigma associated with having a mental health difficulty.”

 See Change Ambassador Rick Rossiter, a native of Newfoundland in Canada, but married and living in Ireland for almost 18years, gave an account of his personal mental health experiences including attempted suicide.

“I appeal to all of you as leaders in your respective communities, and across this state, to wear the green ribbon and to do the simple things that can help break the silence of stigma.”

Deputy Ó Caoláin was joined in co-hosting the event by Dáil Deputies Regina Doherty (Fine Gael) and Maureen O’Sullivan (Independent).

Deputy Ó Caoláin expressed delight at the turn-out and the attention and interest his fellow Oireachtas members showed in the event and contributions.

“This launch has been a great success” he said, continuing;

“Mental Health is a challenge for everyone and not just for those personally challenged. It is all our responsibility to maintain and nurture our own mental health and to do all we can, as ordinary human beings, to assist our family members, friends and workmates cope with whatever mental health challenges present in their lives.

“Wearing the Green Ribbon is a very public way of making a statement that we care, that mental health matters and that the stigma attached to mental health must end”, concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin. 

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