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Seagulls chairman Denis O'Connor has selected Be Well, a youth mental health movement, as one of several social partnership projects

Bray Wanderers have announced a new partnership with Be Well, a youth mental health movement.

Be Well, which has recently expanded its operations across Co. Wicklow, has been operational in Bray since 2012, with a mission statement espousing a goal of “promoting a practical and positive approach within youth mental health.”

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Championed by Seagulls chairman Denis O'Connor, the project aims to achieve this aim by placing young people at the heart of devising their own supports and interventions.

Speaking to this strategy, Be Well chairperson Dermot O'Brien expanded on his organisation's vision on the club's website.

"We have a fundamental belief that young people should not only be seen as the recipients of youth mental health supports and interventions, but they should also be the co-architects of those supports and interventions," said O'Brien.

"We know that young people want to be part of the solution and our experience tells us that when given the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and understanding, their insight and contribution has immense value.

"Connecting with Bray Wanderers gives Be Well a platform to have a genuinely positive impact within the football community," O'Brien continued.

"In our view, mental health is not just an issue for the medical world, it is an issue that affects communities and therefore we see the potential of football clubs who are at the heart of local communities to play a positive role in using their influence to promote approaches to well being."

Be Well number among four charities and social organisations that club chairman O'Connor is seeking to assist via a two-pronged approach - comprised of raising awareness and the facilitation of money collection.

"We want to be part of the wider Wicklow community and work with fans, communities and charitable bodies to make Wicklow a great place in which to live, work and play football,’ said O’Connor, also speaking to the club's website.

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Bray's social ambitions off the field are matched by a renewed drive on it, with manager Harry Kenny recently making several statements of real intent by importing players like Gary McCabe, Aaron Greene and Keith Buckley into the club.

News that broke in recent days that winger Dylan Connolly has turned down the advances of champions Dundalk to re-sign with the Seagulls provided a further boost ahead of the 2017 season for the ambitious - and socially conscious - Wicklow club.

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