Harnessing the power of community networks to promote the mental wellbeing of the Irish in Britain.
In May 2019, Green Hearts launched their Mental Health Charter pilot with the Tir Chonaill Gaels (TCG) Gaelic club with the aim of reducing the stigma that surrounds mental ill health.
Stigma is a real barrier that often prevents people seeking help and support, and a recent Time to Change report found that:
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
By working with our partners to deliver the Green Hearts Mental Health Charter, our aim is to cultivate environments that promote mental health awareness, understanding and inclusivity.
Irish in Britain’s Green Hearts also wrote a submission to Commission on Mental Health Inequalities by the Centre for Mental Health. You can read this in full here, including recommendations.
To find out more about the Green Hearts Mental Health Charter contact Marie from Irish in Britain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish in Britain’s Green Hearts Campaign was originally developed in response to the higher than average cardio–related mortality rates experienced by Irish people in Britain. To read more about our campaign on heart and physical health click here.
As part of our pilot launch with TCG, and to coincide with Mental Health Awareness week, we organised and took part in various activities throughout the month of May: