Coping with a Critical Incident
With Special Guest’s Liam O’Neill MC & Colin Regan, GAA’s Community & Health Officer
Critical Incidents and why to plan for them
People have remarkable coping skills and mechanisms however at times we can all use a helping hand in overcoming the challenging events life occasionally presents us with.
Sometimes a critical incident –one that overwhelms one’s natural capacity to respond –will arise leaving individuals or communities struggling to cope. GAA clubs and counties have proven themselves invaluable in supporting their members’ and communities in responding to an array of tragic and seemingly insurmountable situations. It is important to remember that the GAA club or unit is usually just one entity within a community affected by a critical incident (including, perhaps, amongst others, the local school(s),youth club, emergency and primary/secondary care services, churches/pastoral centres etc.). No GAA unit is expected to take on the burden of responding alone –help is out there if required. Of the utmost importance is ensuring that any families involved remains at the centre of any response. It is important to remember that individuals and families are central and must be heard first.
Laois GAA supported by Laois Sports Partnership together and the Health Service Executive are delighted to support local clubs implement and launch their plans. The HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention has been working with local Laois Clubs in delivering Sport Your Mind Youth Mental Health Programme which incorporates the SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness). These clubs have now progressed to development and implementing a critical incident plan. This event is open to all sporting clubs in Laois. The HSE are happy to make available on an ongoing basis the Sport Your Mind Youth Mental Health programme for coaches and parents. Please contact Josephine Rigney, HSE (086) 8157850 for further information or Laois Sports Partnership (057) 8671248. Wellness boards of local services in conjunction with Mental Health Ireland have also been developed by Laois Sports Partnership should clubs wish to avail of them.