PLAY IN MY BOOTS – GAA launches new mental fitness health pack to support players’ emotional wellbeing

Apr 26, 14 PLAY IN MY BOOTS – GAA launches new mental fitness health pack to support players’ emotional wellbeing

The ‘Play in my Boots’ campaign  is an mental health initiative by the GAA to help and educate players and coaches about the important of “Mental Fitness”  in a sporting language that is familiar to them . Using the term ‘mental fitness’ to emphasise the positive nature of mental wellness, the packs also aim to remind the GAA population that maintaining mental fitness requires work and skill development in the same way as maintaining our physical fitness does.These packs are designed for everyone and anyone, containing useful information which can help us all work through the stresses we all experience, or maybe help someone else work through theirs.

Supportive advice from players including Alan O’Mara (Cavan), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Darren O’Sullivan (Kerry), Deirdre Burke (Galway camogie), Conor Lehane (UCC), Valarie Mulcahy (Cork), Seamus Hennessy (Tipperary), and Donegal manager Jim McGuinness bring the packs to life.

 

 

Colin Regan who is a former Leitrim inter-county footballer and now GAA’s Community & Health Manager

Colin Regan who is a former Leitrim inter-county footballer and now GAA’s Community & Health Manager

 

 

“As part of our ongoing work in the area of mental health, we are delighted to officially launch our newest resource for clubs, players, coaches, and parents, which will offer advice and guidance in promoting, sustaining, and maintaining positive emotional health for all GAA members.” Colin Regan, GAA Community and Health Manager

 

There is also a mobile element allowing users to tune their mental fitness while on the go called the “Workout App”.  The mental fitness app was created by Inspire Ireland which is a tool that is aimed at helping and improving mental fitness by targeting positive thinking which can reflect on our outlook and mood. It also helps to regulate if you are getting enough hours sleep, problem solving and action orientation to move past negative thinking plus lots more.  A mental health charter is also included which clubs are encouraged to adopt in order to promote an environment and culture that promotes and fosters mental wellbeing for all members.

The ‘Play in my Boots’ packs – an extension of St. Patrick’s successful ‘Walk in my Shoes’ campaign - Picture by www.gaa.ie

The ‘Play in my Boots’ packs which has supportive advice from Donegal manager Jim McGuinness  – Picture by www.gaa.ie

“We hope these innovative packs better arm our players and members in maintaining their wellbeing and that they remind each and everyone one of us that we contribute to not only our own mental health, but to the mental health of those around us,” remarked GAA President Liam O’Neill.

To download the GAA Play In My Boots Pack please (CLICK HERE)

For more information about “Player Welfare” on www.gaa.ie please (CLICK HERE)

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