Health & Well-Being

About us 

The Mayo GAA Health and Well-being Initiative mirrors the World Health Organisations view that "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." In Mayo the GAA plays a vital role within the community. The GAA is the heart and soul of each community within Mayo and by working together we can each play a part in the promotion of living a positive and healthy lifestyle. As individuals and communities it is important that we look after all aspects of our health, both physical and mental. 

We aim to put mental and physical health on an equal playing field in the hope that we can remove any existing stigmas around seeking professional help or support for any health issues or concerns that may arise in our daily lives.

Health and Well-Being Committee 2020

Chairperson - Niall Dunne – Parke GAA (Manager Mayo Mental Health Association)

Committee Members: 

  • Lianne McManamon –  Castlebar Mitchells LGFA (Mayo Mental Health Association)
  • Pat Conway – Westport GAA (Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce) 
  • Deirdre Donnelly – Ballintubber GAA (Mayo Sports Partnership)
  • Stephen Carolan – (Western Development Commission)
  • Fran Downey – Ballina Stephenites GAA (Bealach Nua Peer Support Worker)
  • Padraic Carolan – Parke GAA (Health Service Executive) 
  • Neil Sheridan – Balla GAA (Mayo County Council) 
  • Peadar Gardiner – Crossmolina Deel Rovers GAA (Mindspace Mayo)

Our Mission

Mayo GAA is committed to promoting health and wellbeing throughout our memberships, our clubs and our communities. We will achieve this through the provision of information, initiatives, and campaigns to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Areas of work include:

  • Healthy Eating

  • Mental Fitness & Emotional Wellbeing

  • Physical Activity

  • Gambling

  • Alcohol & Drug Education 

  • Personal & Community Development

Our Vision

To lead out in the promotion of the health and wellbeing needs of our communities through the provision of information and various initiatives and campaigns for people of all ages. To be committed to the development of people of all ages in leading a positive and healthy lifestyle.

We will support any clubs within the County that are engaged in the Healthy Clubs Project, including the GAA Social Initiative for older members which promotes inclusion and integration. 

We will also ensure the provision of a Critical Incident Response Plan (CIRP) both with our clubs and at a County Level.


Mental Health 

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community” (World Health Organisation, 1986)

This section is designed to point people in the direction of mental health services & supports available in Mayo.

Useful Links 

Drugs & Alcohol

This section is designed to give support and point people in the direction of services for drug and or alcohol use and gambling.

Useful Links 

Physical Activity 

“Physical activity refers to all movement. Popular ways to be active include walking, cycling, wheeling, sports, active recreation and play, and can be done at any level of skill and for enjoyment by everybody” (World Health Organisation)  

Useful Links 


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Useful Contacts


Mayo Mental Health Association offers a confidential signposting service for people in the community who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

T: 094 9028148


Mindspace Mayo free and confidential support service young people

Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service for young people's mental health and wellbeing. Mindspace's aim is to support young people aged between 15 – 25. 

T: 094 9067001


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24hour Support Helpline. 

T: 116 123 or Email


Sligo CTC Blog: Crisis Text Line - Text 50808

50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support.

Ireland's Health Services -

HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline

T: 1800 459 459


Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. Free 24 Hour Support.

Freephone 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444


Bodywhys | The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland

Bodywhys, the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland, is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.

Helpline: 01 2107906


Confidential support service for children aged up to 18 years old. 

T: 1800 66 66 66 or Text 50101