Headstrong is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. In 2012, the GPA developed a partnership with Headstrong which saw over 20 players inducted as Youth Mental Health advocates in their communities. The GPA actively promotes the emerging themes from Headstrong’s ‘My World Survey’ a comprehensive study of youth mental health for those aged 12-25 years in Ireland. We also help promote Headstrong’s ‘Jigsaw Programme’ a community based service for young people with mental health vulnerabilities.
In 2013 the GPA is supporting Pieta House ‘Mind Your Buddy’ campaign aimed at reducing the rising numbers of male suicides in Ireland. It is hoped to achieve this aim by encouraging men to talk to each other and to look out for each other. After piloting this programme within Limerick GAA Pieta House hopes to engage with several more county boards with a view to rolling it out nationwide. High profile GPA Ambassadors will help promote this campaign.
Suicide Prevention Organisation, Northern Ireland
The GPA is supporting the PIPs Programmes social enterprise in Northern Ireland which has developed a number of suicide prevention and awareness training programmes. A number of GPA ambassadors will be helping to promote PIPs Programmes and work in the community.
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