Let’s Get Talking about Mental Health

May is Green Ribbon Month


Bluebird Care is supporting Green Ribbon Month with green ribbons being given out in our office in Wexford by Michael Corcoran and his team. They are also available from a list of outlets nationwide for free.

Find out more about how you can show your support here.

Watch a message from businesswoman and TV presenter Norah Casey.


See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership and our 90 partner organisations are rolling out a month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2014.

More than 300,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. Our aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.

Just like the pink ribbon has become a powerful symbol for breast cancer awareness, this lime green ribbon has been established in the US and beyond as the international symbol for challenging the stigma of mental health problems.

Contact See Change The National Stigma Reduction Partnership:
T: 01 8601620

See Change is a growing partnership of 90 Irish organisations, volunteers and ambassadors working together to change attitudes and behaviours to mental health problems and end stigma.

Tell the HSE What You Think about Mental Health Services – South East Area

The HSE is promoting a series of events inviting members of the public to tell them what they think of Mental Health Services in the South East of the country. This public consultation is part of the new Vision for Change strategy being implemented within the HSE.

Watch a video message here from Paddy McGowan, interim Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement on the HSE National Mental Health Management Team


Have your Say on Mental Health – HSE Notice

Tell us what you think about the mental health services

Do you use mental health services or are you significantly involved in the life of someone who does?

Do you have something to say about your experience that you want the people who design, plan and deliver mental health services to hear?

Paddy McGowan, interim Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement on the HSE National Mental Health Management Team is planning a series of nationwide meetings to hear directly from people who have experience of its mental health services.

He is particularly interested in hearing from the people who use mental health services, their family, friends and/or carers or anybody who has an interest in this area.

We want to improve our mental health services and we want to hear your views.

The meetings will take place in a number of different locations across Ireland in the next few months.

Please come and tell us what you think and help us to improve how we deliver services.

Paddy has a long and distinguished history as a campaigner on mental health issues. He has personal experience of the mental health services, both as a service user and as a carer. He has also been involved in advocacy around issues both nationally and internationally for many years.

Attend an Event in your Area

Tralee, Co. Kerry

Tuesday 6th May at 2pm

Brandon Hotel, Princes Street, Tralee

T: 066-7123333


Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tuesday 6th May at 7.30pm

The Brehon Hotel, Muckross Road, Killarney

T: 064 6671500

Waterford City

7th May at 7.30pm

Dooleys Hotel, Waterford City

T: 051 873531

South Waterford

Wednesday 7th May at 2.00pm

Clonea Strand, Dungarven

T: 058 45555


Thursday 8th May at 2.00pm

Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny

T: 056 772 3900 or email


Thursday 8th May at 7.30pm

Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel

T: 052 6188700


Monday 19th May at 7.30pm

Talbot Hotel, Wexford

T: 053 9122566


Monday 19th May at 2pm

Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow

Tel: 0402 26200




One Act Play in Wexford in Aid of GROW

Bluebird Care is proudly supporting ‘Holy Mary’ the one-act play taking place in Fusion Cafe, 109, North Main Street Wexford.

The play is in aid of GROW Mental Health.

About Holy Mary

Eoin Colfer’s one-act play Holy Mary looks at the world from an eight year olds imaginative and witty point of view as she prepares for her first Holy Communion. Central to the script is Holy Mary Leary (Mary O’Connor), whose arch nemesis Majella (Anne Crosbie) taunts her with mean rhymes, leaving the eight-year-old utterly frustrated. As Mary tells us her story, we see all the people in her life through her eight year old eyes. Heart rending and hilarious, Mary shows the concerns of a child of eight are as real as the concerns of the adults in her life.

World renowned for his Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer has kindly given permission to Jayne O’Sullivan to produce the play on behalf of GROW in Ireland, “GROW’s mission is to nurture mental health, personal growth, prevention and full recovery from all kinds of mental illness” founded in Australia in 1957, it now has a national network of over 130 Groups in Ireland. Its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.

Originally, a café-théâtre was a small room in a cafe or a cabaret or even the café or cabaret itself, where people would put on spectacles.

It is with great pleasure and wonderful foresight that Gerrie North proprietor Fusion Café, 109, North Main Street, Wexford, will present this one-act play Holy Mary in Fusion Cafe on 1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2014 Doors open @ 8pm. Tickets priced €10 and available to buy from Fusion Café from now and prior to performance on the night. Set and lighting by the talented stage visionary Mark Redmond ( and live music by the delightful Gerard Lacey (Classical guitarist). Poster design by amazing artist Helen Mclean (‎).Mandy Seiler Costumes

All proceeds raised in aid of GROW in Ireland.

For more information please call:

Caroline Crotty area coordinator – 0864673239

GROW information Line – 1890 474 474

Kilkenny Regional Office – 056 7761624