On Mental Health Awareness Week it is fitting that Ulster GAA have formally linked with AWARE as their charity partner for 2017.
AWARE is the national depression charity for the north of Ireland, working closely with AWARE in the 26 counties. AWARE is the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder. AWARE deliver mental health and wellbeing programmes into communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces; including programmes such as Mood Matters, Living Life to the Full, Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness.
Speaking about the relationship with AWARE Ulster GAA President said; “I have heard of many examples of the great work AWARE are doing around the very important issues of depression and mental health. I am delighted that AWARE will be Ulster GAA’s Charity Partner for 2017, and look forward to an increased awareness of mental health through-out the GAA in Ulster in the year ahead.”
Siobhan Doherty is the Chief Executive of AWARE and said; “We are absolutely delighted to be the chosen charity partner for the Ulster GAA. As a community based sporting organisation we believe this is where real change can take place and where the conversation about mental health and wellbeing can be embedded into communities across the north of Ireland, and beyond. People of all ages are vulnerable to mental illness and by working in partnership with Ulster GAA we know that we have the ability to reach out to many thousands of people who play, support and interact daily with the GAA.
AWARE will work with Ulster GAA across a number of programmes through-out 2017, beginning with a mental-health campaign in Páirc Esler at the Down V Armagh USFC quarter-final on Sunday 4th June.