Mayo GAA and Mindspace join forces

  • Oct 04,2020

Mayo GAA and Mindspace join forces to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 

TIPS to help improve people’s mental health and wellbeing are featured on a new pocket-sized information card that has been produced by Mayo GAA in association with its charity partners, Mindspace Mayo. The card will be distributed to GAA club members in the county over the coming weeks. 

This information campaign coincides with World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10th, a day for taking some time to learn more about our mental health and wellbeing, and the services in our community that can better support us in this regard. 

“We know that the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown which followed has been challenging and difficult for so many people, and there has been an increase in those suffering from mental health issues,” said Peadar Gardiner, Mindspace Mayo Project Manager. 

“Throughout these last few months we have been continuing to engage with young people in our community who might need us, and we wanted to ensure that the wider community had some self-help tips to help promote positive mental wellbeing, as well as sharing some useful contact details if they need some further support. 

“The leaflets will be distributed to Mayo GAA clubs over the coming weeks and will also be featured on the Mayo GAA website and social media channels. Hopefully the information will be something that members find useful either for themselves, or to pass on to family and friends who may benefit as well.” 

Mayo GAA chairperson Liam Moffatt said that the County Board were only too happy to help raise awareness and support this vital mental health initiative during these unprecedented times. 

“Mayo GAA are proud to support the work of our charity partner, Mindspace Mayo. and are delighted to be able to help out in this way,” he said.

“We recognise this has been a difficult time for a lot of people so distributing information about improving mental health and wellbeing to our patrons can help those who may feel they need that extra bit of guidance or advice. 

“Mayo GAA is made up of our clubs, players, volunteers, officials and supporters, and we want to give as much help to all of our members as possible. So being able to team up with Mindspace Mayo to provide this crucial advice is something we were very keen to be a part of.”
Mayo footballer Tom Parsons is pictured at the launch of a positive mental health and well-being initiative that is being promoted by Mindspace Mayo and Mayo GAA. The initiative will see pocket-sized cards with tips and advice for positive mental health distributed around Mayo. Mindspace is a charity partner of Mayo GAA. Pic: Michael McLaughlin