Longford GAA Health & Well Being seminar took place on Monday 27th of October at 8pm in St Mel’s College Assembly hall Longford . The seminar was organised for all members of the GAA ,but specifically aimed at players and coaches of u-18, u-21 and senior level. The speakers gave very interesting presentations into the whole area of mental health as well as the area of addictions namely Alcohol and Gambling.
Francis Black founder of the RISE (recovery in a safe environment) foundation. Francis who is in recovery herself set the foundation up to help families with loved ones in addiction. She gave an enlightening presentation into Alcohol abuse both from a personal and general perspective.
John Coyle county Physio spoke about alcohol abuse. John is in recovery himself. John has worked with various county teams as lead Physio over the last 25yrs. He speak about his own experience and alcohol abuse in the GAA.
Oisin McConville former Armagh GAA star. Oisin gave a very moving presentation into gambling. He spoke about his own experience and gambling in GAA.
Michael Quinn & Damien Sheridan spoke on player issues and player welfare, and also resources available for players.
Bernie Carroll Midlands Links is an outreach support service which provides practical information, support and most importantly the listening ear to those who have experienced a loss to suicide. The provision of the service is through volunteers who have trained as facilitators in order to provide such support . At the request of the bereaved person a support worker can call to the home of the person, meet at a designated centre or at a location that best meets the persons needs.
Longford GAA would like to sincerely thank Declan Rowley, Principal, St. Mel’s College, for the use of the excellent facilities for the seminar.