Irish football stars team up to get people talking about mental health

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Did anyone spot the Boys in Green wearing green ribbons at the IRL v ENG match at the Aviva?

See Change are delighted to announce our partnership with the Football Association of Ireland to encourage conversation about mental health among fans, staff, players and coaches. 

This video was also played at half-time in the Aviva  It features Stephen McPhail, Craig Sexton, Stephanie Roche, Shay Given urging Irish people to do the unthinkable and actually answer the question ‘how are you’ in a bid to encourage open conversation about mental health.

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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.

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  • 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.


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