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Tuesday 30 September 2014

GAA in 'sport your mind' mental health programme

Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30

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Dan Currams, Kilcormac/Killoughey, left, is congratulated by team-mate Peter Healion following their side's victory last year.
Dan Currams, Kilcormac/Killoughey, left, is congratulated by team-mate Peter Healion following their side's victory last year.

SPORTS clubs in the Midlands, which want to avail of a free Health Service Executive (HSE) programme to improve the health and well-being of members, are being invited to send in applications.

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Sport Your Mind is a youth mental health programme designed to provide information and support to community active sports organisations, such as the GAA.

Kilcormac Killoughey GAA is the first GAA club in Offaly to complete the full Sport Your Mind programme with more than 40 members attending the two day sessions.

The programme includes a youth mental health information evening for parents and coaches. In addition, organisations are provided with youth support information cards and a short audio visual on positive mental health for young people, which is provided on the club's website.

The HSE funded programme was originally piloted in Laois and is now available to all sports clubs in Laois and Offaly.

The programme captures the range of services already available within Co Offaly, provides participants with the knowledge and confidence to access available services and provides intervention training for recognising and acting when a person is in distress.

The GAA has tasked clubs nationwide to host a SafeTALK and a mental health promotion. SafeTALK prepares participants to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Liam Hackett, Offaly GAA County Well-being Committee, said: "We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative."

Any sports clubs interested in hosting the Sport Your Mind Programme should contact: Anthony O'Prey, T: 087 178 5685 E: aoprey@offalyldc.ie

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