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People in Connacht most likely to seek help for a mental health problem

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 3:53pm

People in Connacht and Ulster are the most likely to seek professional help if they had a mental health difficulty compared to other provinces, new research has shown.

90 per cent of people surveyed in Connacht and Ulster said they would seek help if they were experiencing problems with their mental health, this is nine per cent above the national average of 81 per cent.

The research was conducted by Kantar Millward Brown as part of a nationally representative omnibus survey of 977 people for the Green Ribbon campaign and was funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

The Green Ribbon campaign aims to change minds about mental health by prompting hundreds of events and thousands of conversations all over Ireland during the month of May each year.

Between now and the end of May 500,000 ribbons will be distributed to communities, workplaces, schools and colleges all over Ireland to encourage people to talk about mental health.

See Change released the results of the research and its CEO John Saunders said, “There’s no health without mental health, so it’s very important that we all play our part to end the silence around mental health issues”.

He continues, “You don’t need to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is let someone know you are there for them and simply listen.”

Green Ribbons will be available at major Irish Rail stations, libraries and Boots Stores across Connacht. Visit www.greenribbon.ie for more details or to order free ribbons and to find out about events. 

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