As a leading International sporting and community organisation, the GAA recognises that it can play a real and important role in supporting the emotional well-being of our members and communities.
We can do this by:
- Creating a culture and providing activities that support healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy clubs
- Helping end the stigma that prevents many people from accessing the help they so badly need when in times of distress
- Developing resources and tools that help our members better understand the building blocks of positive mental and emotional health
- Develop partnerships with organisations and charities.
Mental Fitness packs
The GAA’s ‘Play in my Boots’ packs aim to de-stigmatise mental health by speaking to players in a sporting language familiar to them. Using the term ‘mental fitness’ to emphasis the positive nature of our emotional well-being, 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, developed in consultation with St. Patrick’s Foundation, Dublin, are designed especially for players from 12+ and coaches and contain useful information which can help us all work through the stresses we all experience, or maybe help someone else work through theirs. Download an e-version of the pack HERE