The B!G Idea Dashboard > Team > Currow-Island – St Patricks Secondary School Castleisland

Why as a team did you choose to focus on this challenge?

As we are all member of high level sporting teams, we understand how important mental health is. We treat mental health as much as we treat our physical health for our sport. We believe mental health is half the battle of any sport and want to ensure a positive platform for teenage athletes.

What do you know now about the challenge that you didn't know before?

That mental health is just as important as an athletes physical health in sports. Players suffer just as much mental problems as physical injuries. That athletes do suffer a lot from there mental health status.

What have you learnt about your Hero?

Our hero is Jordan Blount, Jordan is a professional basketball player from Cork, Ireland and currently plays basketball for Neptune BBC. He attended UIC in Chicago, IL in the US and is a role model to young basketball talents across Ireland Jordan is an athlete who whom suffers from mental health from time to time. He unfortunately lost his brother Gareth recently this year which took a great toll in his mental status. As Jordan is one of Irelands great talents in basketball, we feel he is the appropriate person to talk about in this topic.

If you could improve one thing for your Hero what would that be?

To speak out more about his mental health to the public.

Do you have any ideas for a potential solution? No matter how raw, share them with your Mentors for feedback.

Have free and easy access online platforms to ensure athletes mental state is recognised. Have coaches have 1 on 1 meetings with players more regularly.

Ask your Mentor anything …. This is a chance to ask your Mentors a direct question relating to your Big Idea.

Would an online app/ website be an appropriate way to help young athletes to have there mental health recognised?

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