Tom Parsons special – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E27

To coincide with World Mental Health Week, Mindspace Mayo have been working hard to increase people’s awareness about positive mental health. As part of this effort, they’ve drafted in Mayo footballer Tom Parsons to launch a new pocket-sized information card they produced in association with Mayo GAA. The card — which is full of helpful tips and advice to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing — will be distributed to GAA club members in the county over the coming weeks.

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In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we do our own bit for World Mental Health Week. Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty was at last week’s Mindspace launch and in this episode of the podcast he catches up with Tom Parsons for an in-depth chat. Among the topics they cover are Tom’s own techniques for minding his mental health, what he found helpful during his long injury lay-off and his goals for the upcoming inter-county championship with Mayo.  

This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Podomatic. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.

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9 thoughts on “Tom Parsons special – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E27

  1. Thanks WJ for raising awareness of mental health. It’s a journey I am on myself and it can be a lonely one as its often misunderstood and stigma is still a real issue. But Mental Health is something we all have. Maybe we don’t have mental health challenges but we all have mental health. it’s what helps us get through life,cope with difficult times etc. Its about how we feel and think about ourselves,others and the world around us. You can find out more about mental health at the HSE website your mental health.ie

  2. Fair play to Tom Parsons he’s a real
    Leader and a gentleman. There used to be a real stigma in Ireland about having mental health issues which was totally wrong so it’s good for people suffering with it that there is support for them out there and it’s totally ok not to feel ok and it’s a sign of strength to ask for help. Excellent podcast Willie Joe well done.

  3. Any opinions on what team should start in Tuam Sunday week? is there a challenge game this weekend? very little buildup and coverage so far for the game next week?

    1.David Clarke
    2.Eoin O’Donoghue
    3.Oisin Mullin
    4.Padraic O’Hora
    5.Lee Keegan
    6.Paddy Durcan
    7.Colm Boyle
    8.Aidan O’Shea
    9.Tom Parsons/ Matty Ruane
    10.Fionn McDonagh
    11.Kevin McLoughlin
    12.Diarmuid O’Connor
    13.James Carr
    14.Cillian O’Connor
    15.Paul Towey

  4. Really enjoyed this podcast. Well done to Mike and all involved. It was right up with the best ever. I remember a match in the Gaelic Grounds in 2018. There was a hurling game on earlier and a big crowd of Mayo supporters in the Mackey Stand. The reception Tom got from the crowd that is something that will stay with me for many years into the future. Tom is a real star with Mayo people everywhere. Fair play to Peadar Gardiner a great choice for a sponsor.

  5. The podcast episode with Tom Parsons is well worth a listen alright. Mindspace did well to get him as their ambassador for this initiative. I’ve had the honour of meeting Tom a few times myself and he’s a real gent, truly one of life’s good guys.

    It’s great to see the amount of positive focus and the various supports that now exist in the area of mental well-being. It wasn’t always thus.

    I went through a difficult period on that front myself back in my early twenties, at a time (over 35 years ago) when there was no information of any kind showing you where to turn or offering helpful advice. Thankfully I came through it okay but I still recall it as a tough and lonely time. It’s great that there’s such emphasis on mental well-being nowadays and, as Tom says in the podcast, for people to know that some days it’s okay not to be okay.

  6. Saw that too Joe 2 I don’t think Galway need Jim McGuiness they were flying in the league without him though he will tighten up their defence. I think sooner rather than later the noisy neighbours will land Sam God help us all when they do

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