Awareness Ribbons: What Does a Grey Ribbon Mean?

Grey Awareness Ribbon

There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.

Fortunately, we’ve got your back. At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world

And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!

Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.

In this article, we’re specifically diving into what grey (and silver) awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:

What do different grey ribbons mean?

Grey awareness ribbons are primary used to show support for those with mental illness (specifically borderline personality disorder) — but they’re also commonly associated with allergies, asthma, diabetes, and brain cancer.

Gray Awareness Ribbon


  • Allergies
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Aphasia
  • Asthma
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Illness


  • Brain Disabilities
  • Campaign for the Brain
  • Disabled Children
  • Dyslexia
  • Elder Abuse
  • Encephalitis
  • Niemann-Pick
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Young Onset Parkinson’s Association

Silver & Gold

  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Tinnitus

Silver & Blue

  • Corpus Callosum

Grey, Black, White, & Purple

Grey, Green, White, & Black

Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?

We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.

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