SSE Airtricity League and SSE Airtricity Women’s National League captains are wearing special Head In The Game armbands during the month of May to raise awareness of mental health.

Each captain from each club will wear the armband in each match during May which is being observed as mental health awareness month.

Head In The Game is a supporter led mental health campaign aimed at helping members of the Irish football community.

The movement was established in September 2020 following the tragic passing of Dundalk FC videographer Harry Taaffe. It was created by six Dundalk FC supporters determined to foster a discussion and break down the stigma of mental illness.

Head In The Game officially launched with the social media video and an original poem “The Floodlights” to highlight the importance of a specific mental health campaign in football.

The campaign aims to provoke a discussion about mental health and well-being to create awareness about mental illness. Head In The Game is partnered with two mental health charities, Jigsaw and Shine, to help signpost people towards professional services.

“We’re ecstatic about this initiative in conjunction with the FAI, and I want to thank them on behalf of the group for their support in getting this off the ground, they’ve been great,” said Head in the Game Chairperson Dean Arrowsmith.

“May is mental health month and we really hope this is a conversation starter amongst players, coaches, staff and fans. If it helps one person then it’ll have been worth it.”

“Thanks to the clubs, captains and the FAI for really getting behind it. Our charity partners Jigsaw and Shine also want us to pass on their thanks.”

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View today’s Daily Video “The Floodlights”


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