Niamh Fahey knows all about overcoming obstacles in her career and that is why she is delighted to speak to young people about the support needed to overcome the challenges we face in our lives.
The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team player sat down for a video call with Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel member Ciara McNamara as part of a link-up with Jigsaw, who support young people with their mental health.
Fahey, who has earned 91 senior caps to date, has enjoyed a fantastic career to date that has seen her win every trophy available with Arsenal, while also lining out for Chelsea, Bordeaux and Liverpool. But she has had to work hard to achieve so much.
The Galway native spoke honestly with Ciara McNamara, a former Ireland Women’s Under-19 international who plays for Cork City in the Women’s National League & a current member of the Youth Advisory Panel with Jigsaw in Cork, and offered advice on how she has worked hard to succeed.
Fahey, who is currently in camp with the Ireland WNT preparing for Friday’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 away to Ukraine, said: “There is a lot of pressure placed on young people and they need to feel that it’s okay to talk to someone, no matter what they are going through.
“Jigsaw are doing terrific work in helping young people around mental health and it is through people like Ciara that they can make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager with Jigsaw, said: “We are so delighted to be linking in with the FAI and the Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior Team ahead of their crunch tie on Friday against the Ukraine.
“We are especially excited with the opportunity for Ciara McNamara from our Youth Advisory Panel with Jigsaw in Cork to speak to Niamh Fahey about her career and how she has dealt with the challenges she has faced in her life.”
At Jigsaw we understand how mental health can affect a young person’s life. We offer a listening ear, and give expert advice and support to young people aged 12 – 25 years old.
We give families, teachers, and those who support young people’s mental health ways to cope and the skills to be there for young people. Find out more about how we can help you at www.jigsaw.ie