See Change End of Year Reports
2015’s Green Ribbon campaign has sparked an increasing number of conversations about mental health and an increasing number of Irish adults feel more comfortable in having a conversation about mental health. The stand-out successes can be seen in the workplace, where conversations about mental health are now as commonplace as conversations with friends or family
2014 saw our ambassador programme grow from strength to strength, with over 60 voices now ready to share their personal experiences of mental health problems to challenge stigma and discrimination. The sharing of these real life stories amplifies and authenticates our call for every one of us to join the national movement for change in our behaviour towards our own and others’ mental health. With their help and yours, See Change achieved many firsts in 2014; the first national Time to Talk day, the first community-led Time to Talk pop-up cafe and the first dedicated mental health broadcast on national radio with Global Village on Newstalk FM during Green Ribbon month.
2013 was massive for See Change and the year we credit with the campaign becoming a fully-fledged grassroots movement. Our partnership grew to 90 organisations, our army of volunteers and ripple-makers was activated and communities all across the country turned green in May for the first and extremely successful Green Ribbon campaign. We also developed a suite of activities and projects that anyone can run and make their own to try and encourage conversation about mental health.
2012 marked the successful completion of phase 1 of the See Change movement’s second year. After an initial period of national consultation, attitudinal research and ideas-generation, the campaign quite literally hit the road to bring the See Change message of openness and understanding around mental health problems to communities around Ireland.
2011 brought us into the second year of the See Change campaign. We kicked off with a period of analysis and national consultation along with attitudinal research and ideas generation before travelling throughout the country to host our town hall meetings. From there we carried on with a series of workshops, gigs, documentary screenings, attended occupational and agricultural shows and even managed to break a Guinness World Record all with the aim of challenging the stigma of mental health problems.