Janssen launched Bloom Mini Documentary to mark World Mental Health Week

Members News - Community - Oct 30, 2019

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Janssen has a legacy of developing treatments for mental illnesses. For more than 50 years, their commitment to mental health has led to innovative products to treat schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, and they are working to bring forward new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and severe mood disorders, including depression.

Depression is the most common mental health condition in Ireland – it affects 1 in 10 people at any one time which equates to 450,000 people in Ireland alone. As a Company, Janssen are dedicated to shifting perceptions and eliminating the stigma of mental health issues around the world by providing access, education, support and treatment to individuals seeking help, as well as to the general public.

As you may be aware, Janssen and leading mental health organisations See Change and Aware embarked on an ambitious and meaningful collaboration to get Ireland talking about mental illness and to promote the numerous benefits of gardening to mental wellbeing.

Over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, they displayed their ‘Grounded’ garden at Bloom in the Park in Phoenix Park, which incorporated insights and artwork from people with lived experience of mental illness and activated a national PR and sophisticated social media campaign. Over 150,000 people attended Bloom this year, and many visited our garden to support its cause including the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina.

As a thank you to everyone across One J&J Dublin (and Ireland) who collectively contributed to this ambitious project by attending the internal launch, visiting the garden, planting and growing their own plant in partnership with HF2020 or who simply shared kind comments and words of encouragement and support, the team would like to share a very special documentary entitled, ‘Grounded – Growing Conversations Around Mental Illness’.

Our hope is that this documentary will continue to inspire more conversations around mental illness in Ireland, reduce stigma and motivate those in need to seek help.

If you have been affected by anything in this video please contact Aware by calling 1800 80 48 48 or emailing supportmail@aware.ie or call the Samaritans at 116 123.

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