As World Mental Health Day approaches, I’m sure many of you are wondering about the little green ribbon. I’m pretty sure you’ll have seen someone wearing it or even in a little box in the supermarket till. But what is the reason behind using a green ribbon specifically for Mental Health Day?
Significance of the green ribbon:
Mental Health Day this year falls on the 10th of October, but throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, many people can be seen wearing a green ribbon as it is an international symbol for mental health awareness. It sends out a silent message to others showing that you care and support the cause for good mental health, as we all know how difficult it can be to find the right words sometimes. And what’s more? It looks quite pretty and fashionable too.
History of the green ribbon:
In the 1800s, the colour green was typically used to label people who were considered insane. It goes without saying that having an issue with your mental health does not mean that you are insane. Instead it’s almost like a play on words. By using the same colour which was formerly associated with those who were insane, it clears the rumours and denial around the whole idea of mental health and can instead be used to acknowledge and support those struggling with mental health and to create a strong awareness around it. There are also different shades of green used, for example a light green ribbon is used for children’s mental health.
How can you help?
You can help by purchasing a green ribbon or a green ribbon pin badge to raise awareness and support good mental health for all so we can stand up together and support those who need it.