A GAA backed initiative and the experiences of an Irish rugby star will feature during Laois Connect mental health week events in Portlaoise.
On Wednesday, October 2 the former Irish and Muster player, Alan Quinlan will speak at the Portlaoise Rugby Club. The sports man will tell give a talk on his experience and the need to look after mental health, seeking help and being more open with family and friends.
He will also talk about diet and exercise in mental health.
Dr Harry Barry, GP, will talk about depression at the same event which gets under way at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, October 1 an new programme called ‘Sport Your Mind’ will be launched at the Portlaoise GAA club in Rathleague. The HSE-backed initiative is supported by the GAA and will be delivered by Laois Sports Partnership.
The programme is aimed at parents and coaches and sets out to address mental health issues among teenagers throough clubs.
Martin Skelly, of the GAA’s Leinster Council will launch the event in Rathleague at 7.30pm.