MENTAL HEALTH: Legion GAA Club is the only Kerry Gaelic football team selected to take part in a national mental health programme. Pictured are: Celina Looney and Máiréad O’Donoghue. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Sean Moriarty

The women’s branch of the Legion GAA Club is the only Kerry Gaelic football team selected to take part in a national mental health programme. The Lidl ‘One Good Club’ initiative will raise funds and awareness for Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, and it is run by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA).

The ‘One Good Club’ programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community.

The initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and well-being.

Clubs will participate in a dedicated 10 week programme from March 1 with each two week window following a specific theme to cover five different areas of mental health.

“We hope to transform the club into a hub for positive youth mental health in the community,” Legion’s chairperson Celina Looney told the Killarney Advertiser.

“As everyone will be aware many of our members are having to deal with added stress and pressure during these current times. Sport plays a crucial outlet for young people’s positive mental health and adds to the ‘Be Active’ message utilised by Jigsaw as part of their five-a-day for positive mental health. We ask all our members, players, coaches, parents, friends and the wider Killarney community to get involved and support our ‘One Good Club’ initiatives.”

While the project is organised locally by the Legion Ladies team it is open to everyone, male and female and to club and non-club members.