Health Service Executive (HSE) Community Healthcare West (CHW) Mental Health service is delighted to continue its collaboration with the Galway GAA Hurling Board as it reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing in County Galway.
This successful partnership will now see the West Be Well mental health support initiative being promoted at the Leinster Hurling Championship game in association with CHW on Sunday, May 1 at Pearse Stadium, Galway.
Established recently, the West Be Well group collaborates with the HSE Connecting for Life – Ireland’s national strategy to prevent suicide – the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC). It is supported by Healthy Ireland.
One of the first initiatives of its kind, it promotes timely, safe, evidence-based mental health messages and local and national mental health supports and services by the HSE or other state-funded organisations as well as mental health and suicide prevention education and training programmes and events.
It does so across a multi-channel digital platform incorporating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts as well as its recently redesigned website www.westbewell.ie – the most comprehensive resource of wellbeing, mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Claude Geoghegan, Galway Hurling Board Chairman acknowledged Galway GAA’s continued endorsement of positive mental health projects whilst welcoming the West Be Well initiative, “This builds on our previous successful mental health promotion initiatives with the HSE in the past few years such as the promotion of Connecting for Life Strategy, Little Things and Green Ribbon campaigns.”
Claude described the West Be Well website as a wonderful resource, featuring detailed sections on health and wellbeing and user friendly with easy to navigate sections.
Charlie Meehan, Head of Mental Health Services in HSE CHW remarked; “We are delighted that the GAA in Galway have taken the opportunity to assist the public ability to get informed and up-to-date, evidence-based help and supports for members of our communities who may be in need of assistance.”
Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Officer HSE CHW stated; “Community Healthcare West welcomes collaboration with the GAA, an organisation that is so active and respected in communities across the country and appreciates the importance of health and wellbeing for all members of the public. We are grateful that so many GAA clubs in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon made their facilities available to us during the COVID-19 crisis in order to carry out testing, etc.”
Chairperson of the Galway GAA County Board, Paul Bellew said “Galway GAA is excited to partner with HSE West and the West Be Well initiative. We are looking forward to working with all the partners of West Be Well to assist our members and communities that live and work or attend college in Galway City and County. The need for a resource like this is timely and we would encourage all members of our community to consider using this resource as a tool for maintaining their own wellbeing.”
Paul continued, “The platform’s abundance of safe, evidence-based mental health messages and detailed directory of supports and services, make it an ideal reference point for members of the public and Galway GAA members that may be dealing with mental health/wellness-related issues. I am delighted to endorse this project.”
Iggy Clarke, Chairperson of the Galway GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee remarked that the partnership with West Be Well would enable Galway GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee to extend its support to all clubs. The Health and Wellbeing Committee wishes to promote the holistic health of the club members and also into the wider community, raising awareness around positive health and physical wellbeing.
Iggy stated that his committee is also pleased to be part of the collaboration with West Be Well and Galway Hurling Board as it now joins the Galway GAA Football Board who promoted the resource at last week’s match in Castlebar between Galway and Mayo.
“I am confident that the www.westbewell.ie website can provide, players, coaches, clubs and our communities with the tools they may need should they encounter any emotional or mental health distress. There are currently 15 clubs in Galway participating in the Croke Park Healthy Club project and this will be an invaluable signpost to their current work and will assist other clubs to join the Healthy Club project next year.”
Mattie Kilroy, Chairperson of the Connacht Council Health and Wellbeing said of the partnership with the HSE; “This builds on the strong relationships that we already have with the HSE in Connacht, and with both organisations being very active in every community across Connacht, it is an opportunity for both organisation to assist our communities and members by raising awareness of this magnificent resource. All of our Health and Wellbeing County Committees across Connacht have been very active since they got established promoting wellness, good health and inclusiveness for our clubs and communities, and this resource helps them to assist clubs who may be seeking support.”
West Be Well is happy to share news, events, and resources of relevance on its website and social media channels. Details can be supplied via the Submit Events tab on the website where the inclusion criteria are set out or by emailing email@example.com .
Members of the public are encouraged to follow West Be Well on social media, add #WestPlayWellWestBeWell to relevant social media posts and help share the valuable resources this platform promotes so that as many people as possible have access to this helpful information should they need it.