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Thursday 07 Feb 2019
Former Northern Ireland star Keith Gillespie backs Irish FA Foundation programme Ahead of the Game

To mark Time To Talk Day, which promotes mental health awareness, the Irish FA Foundation today launched a video featuring Northern Ireland legend Keith Gillespie.

In the video the former Manchester United, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers star says it is good to talk about mental health issues. 

Keith is supporting Ahead Of The Game, the foundation’s mental health programme for football clubs. 

The foundation today revealed it will be hosting 36 Ahead Of The Game workshops across Northern Ireland this year.

The workshops aim to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues and focus on challenging stigma and preventative measures. 

The programme is part of the UEFA Hat Trick funding for football and social responsibility and was developed in partnership with TAMHI (Tackling Awareness Of Mental Health Issues), Inspire and Train 2B Smart Soccer.

For more information about the Ahead Of The Game workshops contact Gavin Nelson at the Irish FA Foundation -

Time To Talk Day is part of Time To Change, a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

This year’s Time To Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health, according to Time To Change.


A spokesperson said: “It is all about bringing together the right ingredients to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.”