The GAA’s Health and Well-Being Coordinator Stacey Cannon commended the work of Nenagh Éire Óg at a seminar which featured renowned psychologist Shane Martin at the Abbey Court Hotel on Wednesday evening
In 2013 Nenagh Éire Óg volunteered to participate in a two-year pilot programme entitled the GAA Healthy Club Project. Speaking at Wednesday night’s health and wellbeing seminar Stacey Cannon said that she wished to acknowledge the commitment of Nenagh Éire Óg to the project and the determination of the club to address the stigma which is sometimes association with mental illness. The pilot programme will move into phase two in March 2015.
The GAA Healthy Club Project was inaugurated to take advantage of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s unique access to people and to use the power of the association to influence individuals in particular and the community in general in a positive way.
Psychologist Shane Martin regaled a large attendance at the seminar with a presentation entitled ‘Harnessing strengths during challenging times’ – Shane Martin is a Monaghan-based psychologist dedicated to empowering individuals to enhance the quality of their lives.
Speaking from professional experience Shane Martin spoke passionately about a life dedicated to helping people deal with depression and mental illness. Indeed, Mr Martin pointed out a bias in medical research which focused on the negative while Shane Martin was more interested in people who did not get depression than those who did and those who did not get depression but should have. Shane Martin believes that everyone is entitled to the best possible life, that life is precious; Mr Martin suggested that most people wait until the “train has crashed” before they start thinking about what matters most.
The bulk of Mr Martin’s presentation focused of the psychologist’s tips for living a more fulfilling life – those included: to engage in rational thinking, to develop a compassion for self, to unlearn helplessness, to be social, to invest in gratitude, to bask in the now, to do the things we love, to invest in the spiritual self, to take care of your body and, finally, to invest in humour.
For those interested the entire content of Shane Martin’s presentation is available on his website Moodwatchers.com – click here.
Speaking on behalf of Éire Óg club chairman Jim Nagle suggested that Shane Martin had succeeded in reaching people with his message of hope. Jim Nagle commended Shane for his humour, humility and honesty and insisted that the presentation had “left a permanent impression on everyone” present.
Chairman Jim Nagle also commended the Healthy Club Project Team for their tireless work, especially project leader and juvenile chairman Michael Geaney. The committee also features Clare Slattery, Nuala Connolly, Catherine McTiernan, Tommy Moylan & Greg Browne.
To learn more about the Éire Óg Healthy Club Project please visit our website page which is dedicated to the project.
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