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Green Hearts Mental Health Charter:
harnessing the power of community networks to promote the mental wellbeing of the Irish in Britain.
Mental health and wellbeing is an important topic for everyone, particularly so for Irish people.
Evidence shows that Irish people are less likely to be referred for help by the GP and are more likely to reach mental health services through acute and emergency provision. Suicide remains a significant issue for the Irish community in London and rates do not appear to be reducing as they are in the wider population. Although somewhat dated now, there is evidence of long–term illness relating to common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety being prevalent among the Irish community.
9 out of 10 people who experience mental health problems say they face stigma and discrimination as a result
60 percent of people said that stigma and discrimination are as damaging or more damaging than the symptoms of their mental health problem
27 percent said stigma had made them want to give up on life
To help end the stigma around mental illness, Irish in Britain is launching launched a Green Hearts Mental Health Charter. The charter is being piloted with Tir Chonaill Gaels Football club and will be rolled out among other Gaelic clubs and Irish organisations. More details to follow.
Intersectional stigma and mental health Right to Thrive and Thrive LDN are Mayor of London, NHS, London Councils supported projects to “help better understand how discrimination… affects a person’s mental health and well–being”.
According to the organisation HEAR (humanity, equality and rights), many of their member organisations were concerned that Thrive LDN’s methods of delivery (largely online) excluded and stigmatised those it sought to represent. To begin to address these concerns Thrive LDN commissioned HEAR to produce supplementary research based on HEAR members’ expertise.