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GAA stars say 'Mind Ur Buddy' to tackle suicide

DUBLIN'S GAA teams are tackling the epidemic of male suicide by signing up a new partnership with Pieta House.

The Dubs are raising the bar for clubs across the country to intervene in the crisis which is affecting young men in particular.

Mental health organisation Pieta House have set up a new campaign entitled 'Mind Ur Buddy' to aid individuals to recognise the signs and symptoms of suicide in a friend.

Every club in the county will be contacted over the coming weeks to invite them to information evenings on the programme over the summer.

The Dublin senior team will wear the special jersey in their first championship match against Westmeath on Saturday week.

Dublin star Paul Flynn, RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas and sports presenter Jacqui Hurley were at the launch of the scheme. Dublin GAA Chairman Andy Kettle said: "We really believe that this campaign will save lives."

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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