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Mayo GAA forms 'game-changing' partnership with Mindspace Mayo

Mayo GAA forms 'game-changing' partnership with Mindspace Mayo

Mayo GAA has joined forces with Mindspace Mayo as an official charity partner for 2020 to help promote mental health — on and off the field.
Mayo GAA chairperson Liam Moffatt hopes that this proactive approach to mental health will encourage young people in the county to seek help with their own issues.
Mindspace, which is based in Castlebar, assists young people from all across Mayo to meet the demands of modern life. They offer mental health and wellbeing support services to young people in the county aged from 15 to 25, and recently celebrated five years in existence.

Mayo GAA have identified that positive mental health is one of the main priorities for both players and supporters.
In partnership with Mindspace, Mayo GAA is working towards educating the football community on mental health and wellbeing and the support available.
In announcing the partnership, Mayo GAA Chairperson Liam Moffatt said the mental health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the game was ‘a growing focus’ for Mayo GAA. Moffatt said the partnership would help drive support for Mindspace and show Mayo GAA’s determination to help people battling mental health issues.
“The  mental health and wellbeing of everyone involved in our game is a growing focus for us, and we are proud to partner with Mindspace to encourage our players and supporters to stay connected and ask for help if they’re struggling,” he said.
“Mental health is an issue affecting workplaces, families and sporting organisations. We shouldn’t shy away from it and I encourage anyone who needs support to reach out.”

“Our local communities are impacted by mental health and suicide, and Mayo GAA is part of this critical societal issue. Responding to mental health issues, and doing more to reduce the onset of mental health issues is a responsibilty we all need to be aware of,” he added.
“Through our support of Mindspace, we want to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and promote mental health and wellbeing for GAA communities.”
Mindspace’s support services cater for young people who are struggling to deal with common concerns like relationships, exam stress, their sexuality or bullying, as well as those with emerging mental health difficulties such as mild depression and anxiety. 

Mindspace Mayo’s Project Manager, Peadar Gardiner, praised Mayo GAA’s holistic approach to the issue as "a positive step in the right direction".
“We are delighted to partner with Mayo GAA. It’s encouraging to see important community organisations like them elevate mental health by recognising it as an essential aspect in the lives of their athletes and the wider community.

"Mayo GAA’s decision to truly commit to the outcomes of the partnership by involving clubs, engaging with communities, and helping in areas like education and fundraising across the Mindspace service will make this partnership a game-changer."

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