#38 | Miriam Dowling and Sandra Dillon of the Green Ribbon Campaign

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to Miriam Dowling and Sandra Dillon, who are ambassadors for the Green Ribbon Campaign.

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.

500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide and free of charge as a visual symbol to end the stigma surrounding mental health difficulties.

In this episode, Dil, Miriam and Sandra discuss mental health, and in particular, Miriam and Sandra open up about their experiences with mental health. They also discuss issues around mental health that are particularly relevant—that of mental health in the workplace, and how motherhood can affect one’s mental health—and offer advice to people dealing with these issues. Miriam and Sandra also share how they maintain good mental health.

Support the Green Ribbon Campaign by picking up a green ribbon at an Irish Rail station or Boots store to help end the stigma of openly discussing mental health. If you are experiencing difficulty, and need to talk, call the Samaritans on 116 123.