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The Green Ribbon Campaign and Mental Health Support Services in Cork

As the month long Green Ribbon Campaign to End Mental Health Stigma comes to a close at the end of May, we thought that it’s an appropriate time to highlight events, services and support initiatives that are working to promote positive mental health in Cork. Let’s take a look at mental health support services in Cork.

May 2018 has been a month of events running across Ireland to promote mental health awareness, with a mission to remove stigmas which can be a barrier to people seeking help. Launched at the beginning of May, this year’s Green Ribbon Campaign to End Mental Health Stigma was the 6th annual campaign.

Speaking at the Green Ribbon Campaign launch event, keynote speaker Sir Graham Thornicroft said, “Stigma has a toxic effect by preventing people seeking support. People put off seeing health professions, or don’t seek help at all, which in turn delays their recovery.” He continued, “Awareness campaigns aimed at reducing stigma among the general public have a positive effect on behaviours and attitudes and can help alleviate self-stigma also.”

For more information about this year’s Green Ribbon Campaign visit


Mental Health Support Services in Cork

If you, or someone that you know, is concerned about mental health, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are a wide range of support groups, personal development and recovery programmes to help in Cork. The groups, organisations and programmes are there to keep you informed about how to take care of your own mental health and can help you to develop skills to help you stay well.


Some of the key groups and programmes to support mental health in Cork include:

Shine Support Groups and Confidential Counselling in Cork

Shine is nationwide network of support groups for people who are suffering mental ill health including conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and serious depression. Shine provide confidential counselling in Cork. Shine’s trained counsellors in Cork can help deal with the more serious challenges faced by people who have mental health problems.

To make an appointment with a Shine counsellor, phone the Cork office on 021 4949 833 or email Shine also offer a confidential email support service for anyone who doesn’t feel ready or able to speak to someone in person or on the phone. To access confidential email support, write to


Aware’s Support Groups in Cork

Aware provide depression and bipolar support and self-care groups in Cork City and Mallow. Aware Support and Self Care Groups are for people, over the age of 18 years, to talk openly about depression, bipolar disorder and other related conditions. Aware guarantee confidentiality within normal limits. At the Aware groups, peers share their experience and understanding and offer an exchange of thoughts and techniques around self-care and resilience.

Visit Aware’s support groups in Cork, for more information about the groups.


Grow’s Mental Health Education Programme in Cork

Grow’s Mental Health Education Programme holds informative presentations, and questions-and-answers sessions, that aim to stimulate thinking around the relevance of mental health to our lives. The events are designed to highlight the importance of actively promoting positive mental health in ourselves and others.

See Grow meetings in Southern Ireland for details on meetings near you in County Cork.


MyMind Workshops in Cork

MyMind host workshops in Cork that aim to enhance mental health. They provide online and video counselling, face-to-face counselling and at-work packages to promote staff wellbeing. Call the MyMind Cork office on (+353) 76 680 1060 for more information about the support and services they provide.


Upcoming Events in Cork to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing

Cork LiftFest Event

The third running of Cork LiftFest takes place in Cork on Saturday July 7th. The event features a fresh line up of guest speakers and influencers from the world of health, fitness and wellbeing. The aim of the event is to promote positive health, fitness and wellbeing in our lives. Proceeds from the ticket sales are going to Pieta House Cork.

For more details and to book your place, visit the Cork LiftFest event page on Eventbrite.


Mind over Matter Roadshow Event in Co. Cork

The Mind over Matter Roadshow is coming to Co Cork on Saturday 23rd June 2018. The Roadshow is a jam packed event which is designed to be fun, energetic and inspirational. The event organiser Emma Murphy shares her story of her domestic violence experience, and how she overcame it and turned her negative situation into a positive.

As a fitness guru and personal trainer, event organiser Emma is passionate about health, fitness and lifestyle. The event includes a nutritional seminar and a fun fitness class.

For more info and to register, see the Mind over Matter Roadshow event page on Eventbrite.


Understanding Disordered Eating Workshop

This evening workshop on Thursday 23rd August 2018 is being run by Nutritional Therapist Linn Thorstensson. The workshop helps attendees to understand disordered eating and how to overcome it. Linn will be covering what causes a disordered relationship with food and eating, signs of disordered eating and how we can stay healthy and improve our relationship with food.

See the Understanding Disordered Eating event on Eventbrite for more information and to register.

For a fuller list of mental health support services in Cork, visit the Mental Health Help website which is run by Mental Health Reform.

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