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Healthy mind means healthy lives – Ní Chuilín

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Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has released an online video aimed at helping to raise awareness of mental health and well being in sport.

Supporting the Public Health Agency and directing viewers to www.mindingyourhead.info, the video is part of a pilot campaign involving 25 sports clubs across the north.

Meeting with representatives of governing bodies of sport, the Minister said, “The video includes opinions from some of the biggest names in sport including Tommy Bowe, Paddy Barnes and Michael McKillop. It also includes some terrific sports action from the last 18 months making it enjoyable to watch but also sharing an important message. It will trigger discussion and break down barriers within sport on the subject of mental health, and begin to help break down the perceived stigma associated with it.

The Minister continued “The governing bodies of rugby, Gaelic games, soccer, golf and boxing have provided SportNI with five clubs each who will receive a Mental Health and Well Being in Sport Toolkit, packed full of training equipment, posters and booklets. This is a pilot programme to gauge the impact amongst sport, but also to try and reach as broad an audience as possible, such as their wider family and community networks.”

“We will use the feedback from the 25 clubs to plan further mental health support required from the PHA, such as training for coaches and rolling the awareness campaign out across all sports. It is vitally important we as a society show that it’s ok to admit we sometimes can’t cope or feel down and that there is a lot of help available if we just ask for it.”

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