Here at Highfield Healthcare we were delighted to get involved with the month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2017. As providers of acute and specialist mental health in Dublin since 1825, we fully support the mission to end the stigma that remains around mental health issues in Ireland.
Our launch was held on the 19th of May, National #TimeToTalk day, where our Clinical Director Andrew Eustace spoke of the ways we can all improve and maintain our mental health. Dr. Andrew emphasized the importance of relationships with friends and keeping physically active in tackling life’s daily stresses.
We also organised a roadside ‘Tea-Drop’ on the morning of the 19th of May. Our Director of Nursing (Mental Health) Caitríona Hayden and Volunteer Coordinator Helen Hennessy were on the Swords Road bright and early to hand out tea bags and remind passers-by to take the time to talk it out.
Highfield Healthcare’s Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Miriam Kennedy was on NearFM‘s Lifeline to promote the Green Ribbon Twitter Q&A she participated in on the 31st of May. From 7pm Dr Miriam, along with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Hoblyn, took over the @GreenRibbonIRL twitter account to engage with people about mental health recovery and psychiatry. And in another Green Ribbon event organised by the College Of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr Denis Eustace, Consultant Psychiatrist at Highfield Healthcare, took part in the ‘Walk & Talk With Psychiatrists 2017’ in St Stephen’s Green on the 21st of May.
If you or someone you know is in need of support, there are resources and services you can use and you can find a list on the Green Ribbon website –
If you need to talk to someone now, The Samaritans run a 24 hour service, 365 days a year. It is free to call;
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