Coillte, in collaboration with the IFA, See Change and Mental Health Ireland, is hosting a Green Ribbon Let’s Talk and Walk event at Emo Woods, Laois, on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm and members of the public are invited to attend.
The walk will be held at Emo Forest in the village close to Emo Court and beside the GAA Hall.
This walk is part of the annual See Change Green Ribbon campaign that aims to spread awareness about mental health difficulties to help end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Green Ribbons, the international symbol for mental health awareness will be provided free of charge.
By wearing the Green Ribbon during the month of September, it is a simple way of showing your support.
The tagline for this year’s Green Ribbon campaign is: There is no shame in having a mental health difficulty.
Across the month, See Change will explore what shame is, how shame presents itself and how shame impacts people with mental health difficulties.
Research studies from many countries have highlighted the contributions of trees, woodlands and green spaces to benefit people’s overall health and well-being.
Charlie Burke, Recreation Officer, Coillte said: “As Ireland’s largest provider of outdoor recreation, Coillte is delighted to support this initiative and promote positive mental health by hosting these walks across Ireland.
“I would encourage everyone in Laois to get involved and experience the peaceful and beautiful surrounds of Emo Woods next Sunday September 11 and show their support for the Green Ribbon campaign.”
Emo Woods is a stunning location to embrace nature and encourage talking. Scenic and serene, these woodlands are ideal for a Sunday stroll.