Ireland needs to talk about mental health problems. Despite the fact that 1 in 4 will experience some kind of mental health problem, 1 in 2 would not want others to know, 47% feel that it would have a negative effect on career progression; just 1 in 5 would be very comfortable working with someone with depression (*Public attitudes towards mental health problems, See Change, 2010*)
The Make a Ripple campaign is an online social marketing campaign to encourage members of the public to share their experiences of mental health problems, in order to build public awareness and understanding and challenge stigma and discrimination.
The campaign is the the first of its kind in the field of mental health. Make a Ripple asks you to share your experience of mental health problems (direct or indirect) and all submissions are then shared on the central Make a Ripple web portal which can be viewed as part of the See Change website. You can make your ripple in one of three ways (1) on the See Change facebook page, (2) on twitter using the hashtag #makearipple, (3) or here through the campaign site.
All tweets and posts related to the *Make a Ripple* campaign will be featured on the See Change website through the *Make a Ripple* portal. All posts are subject to moderation. Submissions may take up to 24 hours to appear on the Make a Ripple portal
How it works
You can tweet about your experiences of mental health problems or a general plea of support for the campaign. These tweets will need to contain the hashtag #makearipple. Tweets with this hashtag (which acts as an index) are pulled into the Make a Ripple portal where they are displayed with the individual’s twitter avatar.
All comments to the See Change Facebook page will be shared on the Make a Ripple site to be moderated and approved before they are displayed on the Make a Ripple portal. The poster’s avatar will also be displayed on the Make a Ripple portal.**
*Make a Ripple Portal*
You can choose to make their ripple directly through the Make a Ripple portal. These posts will be be moderated and approved before they are displayed publicly on the Make a Ripple portal. Submissions can be anonymous
The campaign encourages contributions from a diverse range of people and actively understands that no two experiences of mental health problems are the same. However, material of the following nature will not be approved by the moderator:
- Prejudiced or potentially hurtful attitudes to any other individual or group of people
- Threats, abuse or bullying content
- Libellous or defamatory material
- Information on illegal activities (such as information on illegal drugs)
- Commercial posts
- Sexually explicit material
- Pornographic images or links to pornographic sites
- Advice sites where the information given and advice offered is not evidence based or could potentially have a harmful or negative effect
(b) Expression of suicidal ideation
- Expression of suicidal thoughts
- Expression of suicide plans
- Expression of plans or thoughts in relation to harming someone else
- Comments or communications that could be construed as a ‘suicide note’.
If you are feeling suicidal:
– Contact your local doctor or GP out-of-hours service, see ‘Doctors – General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages, Republic of Ireland / ‘Doctors (Medical Practitioners)’ in the Yellow Pages, Northern Ireland
– Go to, or contact, the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital – Contact Samaritans on 1850 609090 (Republic of Ireland) or 08457 909090 (UK including Northern Ireland)
– Talk to a friend, family member, or someone else you trust.
Privacy and your information
See Change respects your privacy and your right to remain anonymous.
What we don’t do:
– Pass on your information to a third party without your permission
– Sign you up for anything without a clear opt-in on your part
– Collect or store your contact details without your permission