Connecting for Life with Sligo Rovers

While there is a growing national dialogue around mental health and wellbeing, people in Ireland remain hesitant to talk openly about their own mental health, and misperceptions about suicidal behaviour persist. The language relating to suicide and mental health is often stigmatising or misleading.

Irelands National Suicide Prevention strategy, Connecting for life, aims to reduce the suicide and self-harm rates in the whole population and among priority groups, including members of the Traveller community, people experiencing homelessness and LGBTQ+ people.

Connecting for life Sligo Leitrim Implementation Plan 2022-2024 was launched in December 2022 coinciding with the official opening of the Adult Mental Health Unit at Sligo University Hospital. This implementation plan sets out a “whole of society” approach whereby all aspects of our health and social care system alongside our education, statutory and community partner’s work together to empower our communities.

Sligo Rovers is one of the few fan owned community clubs in the League of Ireland today. The club has shown remarkable resilience throughout the years since it was established in 1928 for it to remain a community owned club.

Sligo Mental Health Services (SLMHS) guided by the 7 National Goals within Connecting for Life look forward to working with Sligo Rovers to empower our communities.

Sligo Rovers look forward to engaging both our fan base and community in new and innovative ways going forward.

SLMHS and SRFC will join Sligo parkrun at 09:30 am on Saturday 27th May.

We hope to see the bit of red fans come along in their club colours to walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. We hope this could be a record breaking parkrun attendance!

Each participant will receive a free limited edition Sligo Rovers Water Bottle to keep you hydrated through the summer months! This will operate on a first come first serve basis and we would ask all participants to register with parkrun Sligo.

What is Sligo parkrun?

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you!

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:30am

 Where is it?

The event takes place at Doorly Park, Cleveragh, Sligo.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free, but please register at before you first come along. Only ever register with parkrun once and don’t forget to bring a scannable copy of your barcode which you’ll receive when registering.