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Limerick GAA hurler Barry Nash leads South Liberties GAA club mental health campaign

South Liberties – Limerick GAA hurler Barry Nash gives his support to South Liberties GAA club mental health campaign and fundraiser

Limerick GAA hurler Barry Nash leads South Liberties GAA club mental health campaign

By I Love Limerick correspondent Peter Cooney

South Liberties GAA Club are asking people to walk/run/cycle 5k and donate over the May Bank Holiday

South Liberties GAA Club are asking people to walk/run/cycle 5k and donate over the May Bank Holiday

Limerick GAA hurler Barry Nash gives his support to South Liberties GAA club mental health campaign and fundraiser. “Be kind to your mind and puck it out there” is the motto of this campaign.

South Liberties GAA Club are asking people to walk/run/cycle 5k and donate over the May Bank Holiday. The money raised from this fundraiser will be put towards Jigsaw Ireland, a mental health charity and to improve the facilities at South Liberties.

Jigsaw is a national centre for youth mental health. They focus on intervening early to support the mental health of those aged 12 to 25 years of age. Jigsaw operates 13 services in communities across Ireland. They offer a place you can visit for free with confidential support from trained mental health professionals.

Limerick GAA corner back Barry Nash has given his support to this campaign and said, “Jigsaw Ireland is a brilliant organisation that offers expert advice and support to young people across Ireland struggling with mental health. If I am ever struggling at home I find exercise and talking to people helps me, I hope to see everyone out and about on the May Bank Holiday weekend getting involved in this fundraiser.Be kind to your mind and puck it out there”

Cronan Garry of South Liberties, the man behind the mental health campaign, shares his importance of this campaign and said, “For the best part of 12 months we have been in lockdown and we  are very conscious of the impact this is having on our young people’s mental health with limited social interaction, very little training and exercise. In South Liberties we are all in it together and we are all here for each other.”

He added, “The motto be kind to yourself and puck it out there is using the hurling analogy to get the message across to young people not to keep it in; get it out there; speak to someone – a member of your family, a coach, teammate, whatever the case may be. Just to know there is always somebody there to help.”

For more information on Jigsaw go HERE

For more information on this fundraiser and donate go HERE 

For more stories on Jigsaw go HERE 

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