The Seany Project

The Seany Project
'Giving You The Balls To Tackle Mental Health'

We are a sports based social prescribing project based in Mayo.  Our aim is to get men, women and young adults talking about their mental health.

Using our uniquely designed  'thoughtball'  A friendly 5 questioned approach -printed on footballs to encourage and empower.

Pass around your team/class/work/ social circle, pick a wellbeing question on the ball - answer- pass to the next person. Start talking. Start sharing.

It can be set up and used in Schools, GAA clubs, Mens Sheds, Soccer Clubs, Care Homes, Youth Centers  and prisons.

We have made our programme  so simple you can do it in the back garden with your grandparents, around the kitchen table or even in the shed.

We believe all members of society should have equal access to mental health and wellbeing supports. 

It is our aim with the Seany Project that in providing mental health repair kits to as many communities as possible we are empowering people with the tools and knowledge they need should they ever experience a 'mind puncture'.

Our first  prototype kits have been made and will be used at the launch of our Mental health video 'Giving You The Balls To Talk Mental Health' which is being filmed at the Belmullet GAA grounds and will be virtually launched via First Fortnight charity on 9th January 2021.

This is where you come in!

We want to get as many kits made as possible ,  into as many hands as possible.


*Special Mentions and Thank-you's*
Belmullet GAA  - (for providing grounds and location to film mental health video)
Golden Media Films (for providing filming and assistance on the day)
First Fornight: Irelands first Arts & Mental Health Charity -
Thank you for supporting this project.

For more information about The Seany Project 
please visit our website and social media for trailer preview and sneek peeks.
Our official virtual launch via First Fortnight Mental Health Charity  is on the 9th January 2021.

If this project is something that you feel you could get behind, we would value your support.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read about our 

Angi Dixon
instagram: @seanyproject


About us...

Our ‘Seany’ was Sean Dixon originally from Preston Lancashire, grew up in a strong and loving Irish home in the U.K. The youngest son to Irish parents Andy and Kitty and brother to Andrew and Angi.

Sean was a gifted and prolific football player his whole life. He played from 7 years of age throughout school and for various clubs across Preston. He coached Youth football and this is where he really excelled. Young people responded to his approachable manner. He was kind, patient and considerate both on and off the field and he always had a word of advice or a listening ear for those on his team. He instilled confidence, belief and strength in young men who may not be used to hearing that message at home.

Sean was light, bright, smart, gregarious, gentle, kind and giving. He had a knack for spotting the guy who was on his own, lonely, struggling. He included everybody and his door was always open and gave a little bit of his light to everyone he met.

Sean also suffered deeply with depression and alcoholism. He fell victim to an already over burdened mental health system. He realised his physical body was not serving him any longer and Sean succombed to suicide on the 15th January 2019. He had just turned 37 years old.

Angi Dixon pitched The Seany Project at the Social Entrepreneur Academy in Co Galway where the project was selected from 204 applicants down to 15. Foodcloud, Men’s Shed and Cyber Saftey Ireland will give you an insight into the calibre of projects coming out of this organisation.

In her research, Angi went on to further present the project to The Irish Hospice Foundation and  First Fortnight Charity. Where she pitched to Dr Amanda  Roberts (Bereavement Development Officer) About the lack of after care and supports for bereaved  families effected by suicide and the lack of wellbeing interim response for persons who were waiting to get access to counselling services.

After nearly 2 years, a book about grief and loss, a mental health blog, a national conversation. We are ready to bring this conversation to the next stage.

It is our hope that in raising awareness and getting people (especially young adults) talking from a young age they will gain the skills and tools necessary to help them manage their wellbeing.

''Suicide is now the leading cause of death of men under 40 above cancer and heart attack’'

- St Patrick’s

**Important: The Seany Project is NOT an alternative to therapy, counselling, or intervention this space is created to connect users with a positive peer support system through connection and peer support.

**If you believe you or a family member are experiencing a mental health issue please contact a mental health professional. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact your local crisis helpline.

Contact us to enquire about The Seány Project. A mental health social and supportive, peer to peer space dedicated to creating positive and social change in men, women and young adults.

Dedicated to the memory of Sean ‘Seany’ Dixon.


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