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Dolan praises GAA for tackling mental ill health

Published: 27 April, 2017

Sinn Féin MLA Jemma Dolan has praised the role the GAA plays in communities and the strides it is making in tackling mental ill health.

Speaking following a meeting with members of the GAA Ulster Council in Stormont, Ms Dolan said,

"There are over twenty GAA clubs in Fermanagh. These clubs are the backbone of the local community, particularly in rural areas.

"During the meeting with the Ulster Council we discussed a range of topics including the potential impact Brexit will have on the GAA in terms of cross border players, attendance at cross border matches, and on initiatives such as the upcoming Feile Peil na nÓg being co-hosted by Fermanagh, Cavan and Monaghan from Friday 23rd June - Sunday 25th June.

"One of the areas in which the GAA has been making great strides in is mental health awareness and tackling mental illness. In the recent past a number of prominent GAA players have spoken publicly about their experience with mental illness and have told of how being active in their local club has helped them.

"The latest programme produced by the GAA, called "Heads Up", has been developed to assist GAA clubs in Ulster to promote mental wellbeing among members and to assist in supporting those who need it. Clubs across Ulster have also been encouraged to adopt the Mental Health Charter developed by the Ulster Council.

"It is heartening to see such an enormous effort being put into an illness that, although affecting 1 in 4 people, is still quite taboo. I would call on local areas to support any initiatives of this nature that sporting clubs across the county are involved in." ENDS