48. ALAN O’MARA

Gaelic foot­baller & host of Real Talks pod­cast

Hot Press - - 100 Voices On Mental Health -

The big thing to re­mem­ber is you’re not alone.

I’m still learn­ing that now do­ing the pod­cast. I think it’s im­por­tant for sports peo­ple to re­mem­ber that they’re still just a per­son as well, and they’re go­ing to have ups and downs like ev­ery­one else. Our men­tal health ser­vices are not up to scratch. But the one thing I do say about that is it’s very easy to get caught up in the neg­a­tive and blame the govern­ment etc. The most im­por­tant thing is to keep look­ing for help, and there are a lot of great char­i­ties out there do­ing bril­liant work. The likes of Pi­eta House, for ex­am­ple, are ex­cel­lent, so you’ve gotta re­ally dig in and find what’s right for you.

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