Sports clubs well placed to help reduce suicide rate

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Sports clubs are ideal partners to help improve mental health and reduce the incidence of suicide according to a HSE suicide prevention officer

Sports clubs are ideal partners to help improve mental health and reduce the incidence of suicide according to a HSE suicide prevention officer

The HSE Health Promotion unit in partnership with Laois Sports Partnership today, (Tuesday, October 1) officially launches ‘Sport Your Mind Laois’, which is a youth mental health awareness programme.

Josephine Rigney is a HSE suicide prevention resource officer.

“Community-based sports organisations are ideal partners within which to provide information, training and support. The community is a key setting where suicide can be prevented and addressed.

“The key focus of mental health promotion work within the midlands is to foster within the community an awareness that mental health is everybody’s concern and that the best way to promote positive mental health is through community response,” she said.

Caroline Myers, Laois Sport Partnership said sport plays a big part in mental well being.

“We welcome ‘Sport Your Mind’ and urge all community active sports organisations to engage with these information workshops and work together in promoting positive mental health wellbeing,” she said.

Sport Your Mind is being launched as part of ‘Laois Connects’.

GAA stars including John O’Loughlin and Cahir Healey back the new campaign. See Pg 72