Mayo GAA and Mindspace are calling on all supporters to get to James Stephens Park, Ballina, on Monday, January 2nd, to help ‘shine a light on mental health’.
Mayo will play neighbours Sligo in a senior game that aims to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to encourage individuals to have meaningful conversations with their loved ones.
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.
Mindspace Mayo Project Manager Peadar Gardiner said the strong community partnership with the Mayo GAA continues to spark important conversations about mental health.
“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.
“Sport offers a great platform to connect and support others on and off the field, to make mental health a part of everyday conversations, to reduce stigma and encourage support-seeking. I want to thank Mayo GAA for their invaluable partnership as we work together to support the community.”
Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy said Mayo GAA was proud of the impact their charity partnership with Mindspace has been able to have over the last 3 years.
“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” Tuohy said.
“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.”
Mayo GAA manager Kevin McStay said Mayo GAA was delighted to support Mindspace. “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.”
To make a donation to Mindspace Mayo, visit www.mindspacemayo.ie/donate