Every single one of us can experience a mental health problem. It is simply part of the rollercoaster of life. But as with HIV, there is a quite a large amount of stigma surrounding it, particularly in Irish society. It does not have to be this way, there are things that each one of us can do to make it better. This is why I am supporting the Green Ribbon campaign.

It is likely that you, or someone you know, will go through a tough time at some point in their life. Talking about it can help, and we all can learn how to support one another.

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 to let someone know that you are there for them and simply listen.

Although you can’t solve someone else’s problems, knowing the basics about how to support someone can really help you – and them.

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