Public invited to engage informally with psychiatrists for Green Ribbon month

The Walk & Talk with Psychiatrists aims to challenge the stigma of Mental Health problems in Ireland.
The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) will host its 3rd annual Walk & Talk with Psychiatrists (CPsychI) for The Green Ribbon Campaign in St Stephen’s Green on Sunday, 21 May at 1pm sharp.
The event is run in conjunction with See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership. Green Ribbon is held for a whole month, each May to spark a national conversation about mental health.
The Walk & Talk with Psychiatrists in St Stephen’s Green is about getting outdoors to promote wellness and activity. It is also a chance for those who use the services, their carers and family members, and mental health professionals to mix in an informal, welcoming, supportive and social atmosphere to discuss psychiatry, in an outdoor setting.  
Four psychiatrists and one user of the services from the College REFOCUS committee will speak for a few minutes at various points throughout the walk, with discussions and questions encouraged then and along the way.
CPsychI President Dr John Hillery said of last year’s Walk and Talk:
“Being out in open air, walking and talking together, is a demonstration of two core aspects of looking after your mental health. The fact that the walk was made up of psychiatrists, people with experience of the services and family members shows that mental health is an issue for all.”
This is sure to be an insightful event for all, and is free for all members of the public. 
Four College employees will also take part in the Staff Relay Series with PWC for See Change as part of Green Ribbon month on 25 May in the Phoenix Park.