Your green ribbon stories

Thank you for telling us why you wear the green ribbon pin. Your support and stories fuel our life-changing work. We hope this inspires you to continue making a difference and speaking out about mental health.

Help us make a difference by sharing your story online. Simply post a picture and tell us why you are wearing your green ribbon pin with our hashtag #PinItForMentalHealth. You can find us on Instagram: @mentalhealthfoundation and Twitter: @mentalhealth.

"To put mental health out in the open not to hide away."

"I live with depression and I also work for the NHS in mental health so I am happy to be supporting and promoting this charity by wearing a green ribbon pin badge."

"As I AM a carer for my brother who has extreme bipolar,I want to raise awareness  of mental health problems"

"Being a teacher I believe it is important for those to understand mental health."

"To help support the mental health foundation and to help raise awareness around the need for better (& faster) Treatment for mental health. Also to help end the stigma associated with  society’s perception of mental health."

"I’m wearing mine as a sign of strength. Last Christmas I wanted to end it all. I’m very lucky and had someone there to help me pick myself up. Others aren’t as lucky and we need to be their strength. Everyday is a battle but every new day is a victory."

"To get people talking, for them to ask me "what's the green pin' for. To raise awareness that it's OK to talk about Mental Health."

"My work as a relaxation and mindfulness coach for adults and kids means I am very much aware of mental health issues, I’d like to wear a badge to show support and also it’s a really good way to promote awareness through my social media pages"

"As someone who has suffered from mental health problems since my teens and who has lost people because of it I feel it's important to do everything I can to raise awareness and help break stigmas in today's society"

"Never be afraid to ask for help guys x"

"I had my own experience of acute stress last year, it culminated in a ride in an ambulance in Ireland and some very supportive medical staff and colleagues to hep bring me back to myself. I think it is important to be open about this event - particularly in my workplace where I manage a business with responsibility for over 30 people. I lost a work colleague and friend this year, we still have a long way to go as a society to help people understand that it is OK to talk, I have found wearing my ribbon has been a conversation starter and keeps Mental Health on 'the agenda' when I am at business events."

"I have run the London Marathon for this charity and they have been amazing to me. Awareness should raised, stigma erased."

"I have struggled with anxiety and depression from a young age (I'm 25 now). Being a male, I have struggled with (and am still working out) how I fit in the world and how I manage the expectations society places on my gender to be "strong, tough, resilient" etc. Thankfully, I've had the monetary resource to fund private counselling and as a result, I am in a much stronger and healthier place to manage my mental health. I plan on wearing my badge on my hats to invite others to talk about men's mental health. I feel that I am in a good place to shift the expectations society has on men one conversation at a time."

"I have had tough few years suffering and it has been so important that people close to me were aware. I am open and honest. Being so has helped my close family and friends be there. Without them who knows where I’d be. Their support is amazing even though at times I wonder how they put up with me."

"My cousin. I want him to know I'm there for him without saying a word."

"I had a complete nervous breakdown five years ago which required hospitalisation. I recovered and want to wear your green pin to show my support for mental health awareness."