Thursday February 27, 2020

Sport Ireland asked to fund football-based mental health programme

Shane Ross backs counselling plan aimed at hard-to-reach young men aged up to 30

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

30th January, 2020
Minister for Sport Shane Ross: “Research shows that physical exercise is hugely beneficial to mental health.” Picture:

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has asked Sport Ireland to fund a new football-based counselling programme for young men with mental health problems.

The Breakthrough programme is designed to provide treatment for 18- to 30-year-old men – a group traditionally hard to reach – through a combination of football training and counselling sessions.

Ross was a guest at a recent match between TDs and senators and the young men on the programme at the Shamrock...

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