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  • Make a Ripple: Ciara’s story | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    portal If you d like to write a longer piece like the one below you can contact a member of the See Change campaign team at info seechange ie or on 01 8601620 Ciara s Story I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was sixteen I m twenty now and have been on and off medication for the past four years I have highs and lows lows when I don t get out of bed for weeks and highs when I think I ll never be that low again I m currently going through a low depression has never left me but I am in college and holding down a job I have friends Unfortunately much of the stigma I have come up against has been from health care professionals who should know better than to expect me to just get over it Depression is a terrible disease which ruled my life for a long time However it IS possible to live with it and have a good life its not always easy but it is possible I stand against the stigma and ignorance in this country about depression and I put my name to this story because I am not ashamed for having depression and I fight against the people who think I should be Ciara See Change understands that there is a complex multiplicity of perspectives on mental health problems and the experience of being unwell See Change encourages the publication of material that promotes understanding of mental health problems the experience of being unwell and recovery The opinions expressed by contributors to the Make a Ripple campaign are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of See Change funders or partner organisations Want to tell your story Stigma Discrimination What is

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  • Make a Ripple: Claire’s story | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    more intense despair than I had ever felt in my life before I survived that night as I have survived many more since but I did it alone I began seeing a Portuguese guy which distracted me for a few weeks from the intense loneliness that I had been feeling until the day he admitted that he was still seeing his ex girlfriend And that small shred of hope for feeling okay which was really a hopeless wish that somebody else would fix me came apart in my hands I sank again But I had arranged to meet a new Portuguese friend for dinner and I forced myself to go Every time meeting with a friend was not at all what I wanted to do almost every time I did it anyway and every time it helped Going through any episode of depression alone was always a mistake talking to someone and asking for help never was A few days later I was feeling completely panicked and almost suicidal and so I rang the Portuguese friend and asked her if she wanted to look for an apartment and live with me I still thought something practical and constructive could cure my intense sadness and loneliness The day after my birthday after a wonderful party with lovely people I was lucky enough to have made some very good friends in and out of work in the meantime I crashed again and panicked so much that I thought I would fall apart completely if I didn t get out of the apartment but I was terrified of going anywhere alone My flatmate agreed to come to a restaurant with me where I ate nothing but I finally told her what was going on I was surprised to hear that she had been depressed before and had seen a therapist So I resolved to contact someone and ended up with an English speaking psychoanalyst Psychoanalysis is like chemotherapy Very often it feels like the cure is worse than the disease that the cure is what makes you want to kill yourself But it was the only hope I had of feeling different and I clung to it For two years I went to the English speaking psychoanalyst between three and five times a week Once a month I went to a Portuguese speaking psychiatrist to get my medication During that time I lost my job partly as a result of my diagnosis and treatment and completely ran out of money But the close friends that I had only just gotten to know were there for me whenever I needed them even when all I could manage to do was to ask them why they bothered spending time with such a hateful and miserable person Then I slowly managed to start working again and got financial help and frequent visits from my parents and friends from Ireland When I moved to Vienna for an exciting new job at the beginning of this year after

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  • Alastair Campbell asks people to support See Change and end mental health stigma | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    desperate I was asked how much I drank and I went through a recent day s intake and as I went through it it dawned on me I was drinking vast amounts and had been kidding myself I didn t have a problem I was advised to stop drinking and I did which wasn t easy but got easier with every day I was also treated for depression on medication for a few months I was really lucky though Fiona my partner was incredibly supportive even though it had been a nightmare for her having seen this thing coming and feeling powerless to do anything about it I was also lucky in that Richard Stott who was editor at the Mirror agreed to take me back as soon as I was in a fit state to work He d advised me not to go to Today was angry that I did and could easily have joined those who were saying serves him right But he gave me a chance and that was a huge thing for me an act of kindness and support people don t always get when they hit real trouble It s hard to describe coming out of a breakdown There s like a permanent dull ache and occasional stabs of real pain or fear I can t help smiling when I hear people say they re depressed when what they mean is they re a bit fed up I do it myself sometimes But there are not many things as deadening as real depression when you feel unable to move a muscle and you re incapable of getting out of bed or speaking or thinking or doing anything and you can t see a way forward I slowly rebuilt myself with help from family and friends It also sorted out who my real friends were and what really mattered to me and the next year we had our first child which was brilliant Of course the breakdown was humiliating on one level journalism is a very gossipy world and people s basic take was that this whiz kid had flown too high fallen flat on his face and ended up in a lunatic asylum And I know I was lucky in many ways and if I hadn t had the support I had it could have ended far far worse But now I look back on it with a real sense of achievement It was a 24 carat crack up and I m proud of the fact I got through it rebuilt myself did ok as a journalist again and went on to do other things I couldn t have done what I ve done in politics without believing what I believe very strongly and being tough minded focused mentally and physically fit I feel the breakdown and the recovery played a big part in all that I was taken to the limit really close to losing everything at absolute breaking point and I think over

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  • Green Ribbon 2015 impact report released | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health The stand out successes can be seen in the workplace where conversations about mental health are now as commonplace as conversations with friends or family A post campaign study carried out by Millward Brown found that 75 say they now feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health up from 71 in 2014 66 say the Green Ribbon campaign has encouraged them to start conversations about mental health 62 have been hearing conversations about mental health among family and friends since the campaign same as 2014 and up from 52 in 2013 61 have been hearing mental health conversations in their workplaces since the campaign up from 53 in 2014 and 44 in 2013 Our thanks go to the hundreds of See Change partners ambassadors volunteers and community activists that made the campaign such an incredible success in 2015 Download the Green Ribbon Impact Report 2015 Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See Change in yo World Mental

    Original URL path: http://www.seechange.ie/green-ribbon-2015-impact-report-released/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Shine to launch Green Ribbon garden to get Cork talking about mental health | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    time and space for their mental health and promote the message of the Green Ribbon campaign to get Cork talking about mental health The Basement Resource Centre Shine is a community mental health resource centre situated on Washington Street in Cork City Through its weekly members meetings and annual evaluations community members have regularly requested gardening space but being situated in inner city Cork however there is little gardening space and opportunity Over the years community members have attempted to meet their gardening needs by growing plants in window boxes and hanging baskets and traveling to gardening projects such as those at the Cork Foyer and Bessborough Centre The idea behind this garden project is to create a temporary display garden in the historic heart of Cork City and it will be created by the Basement Resource Centre community in partnership with groups from the wider community The Basement hope that when the Green Ribbon Garden is complete it will benefit all who see it and provide the community with opportunities to foster a sense of wellness reduce mental health stigma by raising public awareness and promoting discussion and create a lovely atmosphere for locals and the public to enjoy as they pass by Sorcha Lowry of See Change s Green Ribbon campaign said We are delighted to see the exciting Green Ribbon garden take shape in Cork and look forward to seeing how the creation of the space sparks increased discussion about mental health If you or your organisation would like to support the development of this garden in any way or would like more information contact Green Ribbon Garden project facilitator Bruno Nicolai at the Basement Resource Centre by telephone on 021 422 6064 or by email at basement shineoneline ie Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect

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  • We all have a role to play in new national strategy to reduce suicide | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    After months of working together with the National Office for Suicide Prevention and our partner organisations from the world of mental health the new national strategy to reduce suicide and empower people to improve their mental health was launched today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Minister Kathleen Lynch and our very own See Change ambassador Gary Seery The Connecting for Life strategy calls for collaboration from departments organisations communities and individuals and for every one of us to play our part in creating an open and supportive society towards mental health Speaking at the launch See Change ambassador Gary Seery spoke of his how own recovery journey reflects the innovative approach of the strategy where mental health is everybody s business and there is a role for all of us in looking after ourselves and supporting others Read the full strategy here http health gov ie blog publications connecting for life irelands national strategy to reduce suicide 2015 2020 Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See Change in yo World

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  • Start your conversation | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership
    to be an expert to start talking about mental health or have all the answers Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen Talk but listen too Simply being there will mean a lot Take your lead from the person As a first step ask them how best you can help Avoid the clichés Phrases like Cheer up I m sure it ll pass and Pull yourself together definitely won t help Being open minded non judgemental and listening will Keep in touch There are lots of small ways of showing support Send a text or just ask someone how they are doing Don t just talk about mental health Just be yourself chat about everyday things as well Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See Change in yo World Mental Hea South Tipperary Our Initiatives Irish football s News from the Pl Dublin Park ing Time to Talk Clo Green Ribbon 201 Become a See

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  • News and Events | SeeChange | The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership | Page 4
    your mental health pack make Green Ribbon Become a See Change volunteer The Irish Mirror wins the 2014 Voice Media Award Frank First Fortnight Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 29 Next Stigma Discrimination What is stigma The effect of stigma What can be done Why is a stigma Research Get Help News and Events See Change Workp Mental Health in The Green Ribbon Walk in My Shoes See

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