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By See Change Ambassador Ray I started working in Dublin in March 1987. I had been sent up from Limerick to get a job in the big smoke. Ireland was different then in many ways. Homosexuality was a criminal offence under the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861. Marriage was for life, even if you...
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Green Ribbon 2017 was my favourite year of the campaign so far. It was the year I started to see a real change in attitudes towards mental health. In 2017 I finally started to see those around me take part, without any prior prompting by me! Local workplaces, schools, and friends willingly signed up to...
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Review by See Change Ambassador Gormla Hughes: “God damn it you’re so mean.  I’m not your servant” (Faith Stuart, daughter) Infinitely Polar Bear was independently made.  Written and directed by Maya Forbes.  A film based on her own father who lived with a Bipolar diagnosis until his death in 1998 and who was the primary care...
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This piece by See Change Ambassador Nicola Hynds featured on a Lust for Life website: I always loved Christmas as a child but like most people the novelty wore off as I grew into adulthood. Battling with Schizophrenia for years, especially in my early twenties I struggled to put on a smile and join in...
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Almost 65% of people have been hearing conversations about mental health among family and friends since the Green Ribbon 2016 (up from 62% in 2015), however Christmas can be a tough time for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Many mental health services are closed for the festive season, and spending extra time at home can...
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Written by See Change Ambassador Úna-Minh Kavanagh: When I started college, talking about your mental health wasn’t on the cards. With phrases like “mad in the head”, “psycho” and “looney” being thrown around casually, there was a sense that this wasn’t something to talk about or you’d be branded “one of them” too. I live with...
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Written by See Change Ambassador Hazel Larkin, for World Mental Health Day 2016: ‘As one warrior to another, I salute you,’ he said. More than anything else Dermot* had uttered during the call – which had lasted one hour and eight minutes – that statement arrested me.  I knew enough about Dermot to know that...
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Written by See Change Ambassador Adam Coleman: What comes to mind when you think of Mental Health? Do any of us really understand it to the full extent? Why is it such a sensitive topic? These are all questions today’s generations should be asking themselves. There is no denying the importance of mental health today....
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  She put it away with her innermost treasures, folded, linen-like in the dark chest of empty scent bottles and mothballs. She stepped outside. If the warmth wasn’t there, she would pretend it. The anger was red, a furious glow, but all her life, she swallowed it in place of all else, the dainty canapés...
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Written by See Change Ambassador Lucie Kavanagh A few weeks ago I had a conversation at a party that I forgot until very recently. It was a party that was incredibly hard for me to go to, but really important that I was there. Because of the overall effort at surviving it it’s only now...
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