About

State of Mind Programme

Established in England in 2011.

The State of Mind programme was established in England in 2011 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities. This programme was subsequently adopted by the National Rugby League in Australia. Through working in partnership with our colleagues who founded State of Mind Sport UK, we are now actively promoting positive mental health here in Ireland.

State of Mind Ireland

Aims to improve the mental health, wellbeing and working life of sports players and sporting communities throughout Ireland

State of Mind Ireland is a joint initiative between University College of Cork (UCC), the Health Service Executive (HSE), Reach Out, All Island All Active (AIAA), Shine and The Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion (CRSI). Our aim is to improve the mental health, wellbeing and working life of sports players and sporting communities throughout Ireland. The programme team is comprised of service users, players, coaches, mental health experts and sport professionals.

We are determined to raise awareness of mental fitness by delivering comprehensive education sessions, at no cost, throughout Ireland (North and South) to Sports Clubs initially located in third-level colleges and associated community groups. The key concept is that of Mental Fitness by promoting resilience, positive mental health, mindfulness and wellbeing by adopting a strengths-based approach.

Key ways of delivering this message include delivering presentations nationwide, using player and fan ambassadors, utilising social media to show how to access help, building community resilience via participation in sport and working in partnership with community groups within the educational, health and voluntary sectors.

Programme Management Team

State of Mind Ireland's programme team is comprised of service users, players, coaches, mental health experts and sport professionals.

Dr. Martin Lawlor - Programme Lead & Medical Director (HSE/CRSI/SOMI)
Mr. Paul Moriarty - Academic Director (SOMI/UCC)
Mr. James O’ Mahony - Operations Director (SOMI/HSE)
Dr. Marion Browne - Academic Director & Lead College Minds
Dr. Dermot Casey - Academic Director (SOMI/BL)
Dr. Susan Lawlor - Director of Communications (SOMI)
Mr. Graham Baitson - Director of Technology (SOMI)
Mr. James Gittins - Expert by Experience (SOM UK)
Dr. Ian Pickup - Director of Student Experience & Wellbeing (UCC/BL)
Mr. Ned Kelly - Mental Health Commission (HSE/CRSI/SOMI)
Mr. Declan Kidney - Director of Sport (UCC)
Professor Louis Appleby (Chair Expert Panel)
Mr. Martin Rogan (HSE)
Mr. Malcolm Rae OBE, FRCN
Dr. Phillip Cooper (NHS England)
Professor Agnes Higgins (Trinity College Dublin)
Mr. Diarmuid Ring - Chair Service User Reference Group
Mr. Derek Chambers (Reach Out)
Mr. John Saunders - CEO (SHINE & Chair, Mental Health Commission)
Dr. Fiona Chambers (All Island All Active)
Dr. Wesley O'Brien (UCC)
Mr. Niall Clancy (Consultant Graphic Designer)
Mr. Jimmy Gittins (SOM UK)
Mr. David Corkery (SOMI)
Mr. Paul McBride - Ambassador Lead (SOMI)
Ms. Aisling Crowe - Editorial Advisor / Fan Ambassador

State of Mind Family

Your involvement and support in this campaign will make such a difference.

We need to stop the stigma surrounding mental illness in sport and get people talking! We believe that our approach helps to engage socially excluded groups and promote community resilience. Whoever you are, whatever team you support, whichever sport you play, you can join the State of Mind Family and be part of this amazing campaign. As a fan ambassador, you can hep raise awareness of mental fitness in Sport and recreation.

Take The Pledge

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Step 1: Print the pledge
Step 2: Smile and take a photo while holding the pledge
Step 3: Tag State of Mind Ireland
Step 4: Share on your favourite social network

By doing this you will encourage and show people that they can speak out about their mental health and ask for help if they need it. We believe that by changing conversations, we can change lives.