Unique player welfare initiative

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:40

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A unique player welfare initiative in Sligo will aim to help the GAA community identify the key warning signs associated with suicide. Sligo GAA, together with Console, the National Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Charity, and Devenish Nutrition, are holding two Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training days for all GAA clubs in County Sligo.

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QPR training highlights three simple steps that anyone can quickly learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognise the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. QPR-trained Gatekeepes will learn to recognise the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hopeand how to offer help and save a life. QPR training allows participants a supportive space to learn more about suicide and its related issues.

The day involves some practical roleplay learning, videos and discussions which help participants to gain greater confidence in how best to support someone who may be vulnerable, or at risk of suicide.

"Player Welfare is one of the GAA's top priorities across Ireland," explained Sligo GAA Chairman Joe Taaffe.

"We're delighted to help facilitate this initiative alongside Console and Devenish Nutrition."

Console, who are delivering the course, offer free counselling services and 24-hour helpline support (1800 247 247) to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.

"Mental well-being is central to all walks of life," said Marketing Director Richard Kennedy. "We see tremendous community value in an initiative like this." The QPR training days will be held on Saturday, April 26th and Saturday, May 10th.

Contact Liam Óg Gormley on 086 8254420 or email liamog.gormley.gm.sligo@gaa.ie

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