Spreading a message on positive mental health and well-being met with a positive response at a successful Workshop that attracted development squad members along with club players and adults to the Mallow GAA Complex.
From the North Cork Rebel Óg promoted event, speakers including current Cork U20 Football manager Keith Ricken delivered excellent information and outlined resources available for young adults and parents.
Pat Spratt, GDA for Cork North, highlighted problems ongoing in today's modern society for young adults and sport.
"Alcohol and drugs are becoming more prominent in today's society along with the major issue of mental health in young men and women. While the GAA plays a huge part in the physical well-being of our children, now is the time to influence our young players mental well-being and be more aware of these on-going issues," he said.
Garda Philip Hayes of Buttevant Garda station spoke in depth on alcohol and the major issues related to the matter with Sergeant Micheál O'Regan focusing on drugs and the implications of young adults getting involved in such a pathway.
Senior addiction counsellor Barry Corkery outlined issues surround mental health, stressing the importance of how a good and positive mind frame for everyone is always a bonus in life. The Éire Óg GAA member was involved with the Cork U20 footballers this season and part of the triumphant Cork All-Ireland minor management team from 2019.
Current Cork U-20 football manager, Keith Ricken dwelt on players' approach to life and the importance of enjoying a full and healthy life both on and off the field.
As more and more young adults turn to social media for news, events and lifestyle influences, the North Cork Region utilised the hosting to highlight concerns and substance abuse.
"We hope the workshop will help educate our young players on the dangers involved, the importance of avoiding these drugs by saying NO and being alert to how some children first become involved, as well as the importance of our GAA in keeping our young players safe during this life pathway," said Pat Spratt.
"The event was such a raging and massive success, it leaves us all now of the opinion that we need to do more of these style workshops to help benefit the overall development of our children," he said.
Vice-chairman, Rebel Óg North Cork Kieran Linehan commended all involved in the workshop, supported by Liz Foley, Mallow GAA Complex; Kevin O'Callaghan, County Games Manager; Ronan Dwane, Cork County Board Coaching Officer; GDA Martin O'Brien and Martin Farrissey; David O'Sullivan, Glanworth and the Development squad coaches.