Mayo GAA to shine spotlight on mental health
Mayo GAA will face Sligo GAA in a preseason friendly at James Stephens Park in Ballina on Monday, January 2nd with both counties joining forces to help shine a spotlight on mental health. In association with Mayo GAA charity partners Mindspace, both counties aim to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to encourage individuals to have meaningful conversations with their loved ones.
Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy said Mayo GAA was proud of the impact their charity partnership with Mindspace was having and encouraged everyone to support the work of the charity in the coming year. “Mayo GAA are proud to host this fundraising game involving Mayo and Sligo. We are delighted to play a valuable role in advocating the importance of creating conversations and remembering to reach out and offer support to those around us. One in four of us are affected by mental health issues, which equates to almost the entire stand at a full capacity Hastings MacHale Park, which shows just how vast this issue is,” commented Tuohy.
Mindspace Mayo Project Manager Peadar Gardiner said the strong community partnership with Mayo GAA continues to spark important conversations about mental health. “When it comes to your mental health, having a strong network of teammates is essential, and playing your role goes a long way towards helping everyone get through the ups and downs of life. As we gather with our friends and family to watch Mayo GAA over the coming year, let’s consider how we can support one another, check in and have each other’s backs,” Mr. Gardiner said.
The former Crossmolina and Mayo GAA defender said that sport offers a great platform to connect and support others on and off the field. “We want to make mental health a part of everyday conversations, to reduce stigma and to encourage support-seeking. I want to thank Mayo GAA for their invaluable partnership as we work together to support the community,” Gardiner said.
Mayo GAA senior football manager Kevin McStay said he was delighted to support this important awareness initiative. “This game is a fantastic opportunity for Mayo GAA to continue to raise and normalise discussions around mental health. On the football field, our players rely on their teammates, and it's no different off the field. A strong network of support goes a long way in helping each other navigate the ups and downs of life. We encourage supporters at the game and those watching at home on Mayo GAA TV, to check out the Mindspace Mayo website if they’re having a tough time or to find out how to make a donation. It’s okay to not be okay and it’s okay to reach out for help,” commented McStay. To make a donation to Mindspace Mayo, visit