Clubs in Tyrone have been urged to increase their awareness of the issues surrounding suicide and to become alert to those who may be struggling.
The Tyrone County Management Teams have endorsed the work of the County Health and Wellbeing Committee, who have arranged a course aimed at helping coaches and other club members identify those at risk and provide support.
‘SafeTALK’ is being delivered in Garvaghey on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm, and anyone over the age of 15 can participate.
SafeTALK is a certified training programme delivered throughout Ireland. It prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to appropriate help.
The course is part of a range of Tyrone Health and Wellbeing priorities, through which clubs are being asked to encourage their coaches and members to participate.
Mickey Harte, Tyrone Senior Football Manager said: “Tyrone clubs have always played a vital role in supporting their communities. Over the last few years clubs have been more and more proactive in how they approach the subject of suicide. It is important that we continue with this work”
Through participating in the training, participants have become better equipped to identify the signs for risk of suicide and apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) to connect friends/colleagues to support.”
The course takes place in the Garvaghey Centre on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm. Any coaches or club members who are interested in attending are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org