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Croi and Mindspace Mayo to work with Mayo GAA

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PLENTY TO CELEBRATE Mindspace Mayo were announced as Mayo GAA's mental health partner for 2020 last week. Members of the Mindspace Youth Panel are pictured at their fifth birthday celebrations in Castlebar recently. Left to right: Sarah Moran, Róisín Murphy, Cliona Conway, Chloe O’Malley, Peadar Gardiner (Mindspace Mayo Manager), Lisa Gallagher, Dean Kenny and Nikki Kilcullen. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

MAYO GAA has joined forces with both Mindspace Mayo and Croí, the heart and stroke charity, as its official health partners for 2020.
Mayo GAA will work with both partners throughout 2020 to raise awareness of the services both Mindspace Mayo and Croí can offer to supporters to ensure they can stay on top of their mental and physical health.
One of the highlights of this partnership will be a special ‘one-off’ Mayo jersey carrying the Croí logo on the front for the upcoming Allianz football league game between Mayo and Kerry in MacHale Park on Saturday, February 29.
Commenting on the initiative Mayo GAA chairperson Liam Moffatt said: “The  mental health and wellbeing of everyone involved in our game is a growing focus for us, and we are proud to partner with Mindspace to encourage our players and supporters to stay connected and ask for help if they’re struggling.
“Mental health is an issue affecting so many workplaces, families and sporting organisations. “We shouldn’t shy away from it and I encourage anyone who needs support to reach out.”
“Likewise Croí offer vital services to people all over the country and in particular the West of Ireland on raising awareness about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. In particular, the launch of Croí Third Age Mayo is putting the spotlight on heart health for the over 55’s across the county. We look forward to working with both organisations aswell as engaging with our clubs and supporters on how they can look after themselves both on and off the pitch in 2020.
“We also thank our main sponsors Intersport Elverys for allowing us to produce this one off jersey for this game.”
Moffatt proposed the idea at a recent County Board meeting, which was seconded by Michael Gallagher (Ballycroy GAA), so that ‘we would have a health partner every year in Mayo in physical and mental health to work with Mayo GAA and with our members in the wider community’.
Mindspace Mayo’s Project Manager Peadar Gardiner praised Mayo GAA’s holistic approach to youth mental health as a positive step in the right direction.
“We are delighted to partner with Mayo GAA,” said the former Mayo footballer. 
“It’s encouraging to see important community organisations such as the Mayo GAA elevate mental health by recognising it as an essential aspect in the lives of their players, members and the broader community.
“Mayo GAA’s decision to truly commit to the outcomes of the partnership by encompassing club, community engagement, education and fundraising across the Mindspace service will make this partnership a game-changer.”
Croí CEO Neil Johnson added: “This great partnership allows us to highlight the importance of healthy and active ageing across County Mayo. In Ireland, and across the world, people are living longer, and Mayo has one of the highest rates of people over the age of 55 compared to the rest of the country.
“As we age, heart disease and stroke become more prevalent. Croí ‘Third Age Mayo’ promotes and supports the heart health and well-being of the over 55 population in the county. We are excited to share more at the upcoming Mayo/Kerry game on February 29. “We’re very grateful to Mayo GAA for supporting us in and putting a spotlight on heart health for over 55’s.”

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