To keep up to date with health and wellbeing information for GAA clubs visit:
Ulster GAA Health GAA Community
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
The following websites provide information and advice on how and where to get help if you are worried about yourself or someone else.
- Minding Your Head
- COVID Wellbeing NI | self-help guides and ways to access help to support your mental health and wellbeing.
Directory of services
The directories below list the names, numbers and web addresses (where applicable) of organisations that offer services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Where possible, additional information has also been provided, such as email addresses and contact details within each Health and Social Care Trust area. Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing | HSC Public Health Agency (hscni.net):
Directory of services hscni.net
Lifeline is the local crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. Tel: 08088088000
Samaritans is a listening ear service that is available 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. Call freephone: 116123
The death by suicide of a member of a club/community can have a deep impact on club members, in particular on teammates and coaches. Support and advice is available to clubs and communities if they have experienced suicide.
Drugs and Alcohol
Drug and alcohol misuse affects individuals, families and communities in Tyrone like other parts of this Island. In the North there are five multi-agency partnerships (Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams).
These Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACTs) are made up of statutory and community agencies with an interest in, or need to, address drug and alcohol issues in the Trust area. There is a DACT for each Health Trust area, and each has a Connections team. More information on these and where and how to access services/support locally is available on:
Gambling support information, advice for anyone affected by problem gambling is available through a number of local agencies:
Clubs can also avail of information sessions on gambling contact email@example.com.
A critical incident is any event that is outside the range of usual human experience. It is an event that causes an unusually intense stress reaction which has the emotional power to overwhelm an individual’s usual ability to cope. It may impede people’s coping mechanisms immediately or in the future following the event. (GPA/GAA guidelines, 2014)
Sometimes a critical incident will arise leaving individuals or communities struggling to cope. GAA clubs in Tyrone have proven historically proved invaluable in supporting their members’ and communities in responding to an array of tragic and seemingly insurmountable situations.
Tyrone GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee have developed a Critical Incident Plan to ensure our own clubs are supported at times when they may need it.
Clubs are encouraged to develop their own critical incident plans. Templates and further information on developing a critical incident plan are available from the community health and wellbeing website; CRIP Training
Below are additional resources that may help during times of need in clubs.
Support for Families
Information on a wide range of family support services available to families is on:
Support for young people
No young person should feel alone. The Youth Wellness Web has been co-designed by young people for young people for easy access to different resources and services that can really help.
All you have to do is click on your age group where you will find information on Bereavement if you are struggling after a death, Bullying and how to find help, Your Wellbeing on how to stay well and be happy, Mental Health for lots of advice if you are worried or anxious, view some great videos and podcasts and finally support and advice about school.
Support for Older People
Our clubs need to be Age friendly! We should ensure we continue to welcome our previous players and members into club activities. Consider participating in the GAA Social Initiative.
The mission of the GAA Social Initiative is to make clubs more age-friendly, by increasing the participation of older members of society, with a focus on older men, through events specifically designed to enrich their lives and respect the important contribution they have made and can continue to make to community life.
Advice and support is available for the wonderful carers in our communities. Contact Carers NI 028 9043 9843, 9am-1pm Mon-Thu.
All clubs in Tyrone are asked to register their defibrillator so it appears on the NI Ambulance Service and can be accessed in case of an emergency. Please register your defib at nias.hscni.net
Ulster GAA have advice and guidance on first aid and defibrillators on:
Anyone who is interested in getting some support around quitting can visit: