It is widely known the considerable impact of sport on the mental health of the general population, young people included. This finding was recently endorsed in the My World Survey 2 (MWS), the largest and most comprehensive study of youth mental health in the country. In this study, published in 2019, young people identified Sport as a top coping mechanism. But there’s more to it than the sport – there’s multi layers of influence within the club context that can also promote young people’s mental health, which can often be underplayed.
Taragh McGovern, Youth Mental Health Promotion Manager with Jigsaw, further explains:
“Sports clubs are ideal settings for youth mental health promotion given the well-established health benefits, the large participation base, and extended access to children and adolescents during sports participation. Additionally, coaches are in an ideal position to promote and support young people’s mental health due to the contact time and nature of the coach-athlete relationship. The value of this relationship has been documented in the literature – we know that the presence of a trusted adult in a young person’s life is linked to better mental health (MWS 2019, 2012). For many young people, this adult is their coach.
“The aim of this course is to increase the mental health literacy of coaches and club members in the Gaelic Games Community so that they feel more confident to promote and support young people’s mental health within the breadth of their coaching role. Jigsaw are thrilled to partner with The GAA to bring One Good Coach™ to the GAA, LGFA and Camogie community. We hope you, and the young people who look up to you, benefit from this course.”
The One Good Coach™ workshop is now available to access on the GAA’s e-learning platform at https://learning.gaa.ie/courses/OneGoodCoach/