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Green Ribbon campaign walk in Portumna Forest Park

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Green Ribbon campaign walk in Portumna Forest Park thumbnailMike Denver and Maura Canning of the IFA Farm Family committee at the launch of the Green Ribbon campaign walk in Portumna. MT18363JOC

AS PART of the Green Ribbon campaign, the IFA, a founding partner of the See Change campaign, has partnered with Mental Health Ireland and Coillte Outdoors to organise a programme of national Let's Talk & Walk Forest Walks to promote the Green Ribbon during the month of May.
The walk is taking place in Portumna Forest Park on bank holiday Monday May 7 at 3pm and it is the sixth year in a row that the event has taken place in Portumna.   
Guest on the day will be Country star Mike Deniver and Sabrina Fallon. Tea and refreshments after the walk and chat. 
Walkers will be given Green Ribbons to wear and are encouraged to wear them during the month of May to show their support for mental health awareness.
The walk will give farmers and members of our rural communities an opportunity to enjoy two things they can all enjoy - Nature and Talking!
The purpose of the walks is to develop an interest in walking and talking, not necessarily about mental health, but everyday things as well.
A month-long Green Ribbon campaign is taking place during May 2018 to promote the Green Ribbon, which is now the international symbol for mental health awareness and promotes positive mental health.
Just like the pink ribbon became a symbol for breast cancer awareness the Green Ribbon has been established as the international symbol for mental health awareness and has been introduced to Ireland by See Change.
See Change is a national programme to reduce stigma and challenge discrimination associated with mental health.
Research tells us that at times of difficulty and turmoil in our lives, talking our issues through with a valued friend is one of the simplest but most effective interventions we can take to lessen stress.
Maura Canning of the IFA Farm Family committee encourages people to participate in the walk and support this very important campaign. "Coillte is an ideal partner for this initiative, which is an important part of the overall work that is being done to persuade farm families to look after their mental health".
 Positive mental health needs to be cultivated. "A relaxing walk with friends or companions we meet along the way is good for body and mind. Keep going and make it a habit for life."

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