Over the past 3 years, we have been working closely with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to roll out a LIFEMAPs project to clubs across the North of Ireland.
LIFEMAPS has been developed by YouthAction Northern Ireland (Simon Ward and Eliz McArdle), to illustrate how youth work approaches are effective in building youth mental health. This work draws on research and evidence from the positive psychology field.
The LGFA TALK Project uses LIFEMAPS to roll out is a six-week club-based initiative aimed at increasing the awareness of positive mental health in young members aged 13-18 years, and removing the stigma associated with the subject area.
NIYF Supports the LGFA through training their coaches in the LIFEMAPS methodology and together we have produced a workbook to help give an understanding of the features of mental health when working directly with young people. It gives practical ideas and examples when working with young people and members of the LGFA. LIFEMAPS encourages you to REFLECT and to ACT to build mental health. It can be found on NIYF’s website.
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