Teams competing in the Connacht minor football championship are joining forces as part of an effort to combat suicide and self-harm.

As part of the '#littlethings' campaign, players from the five counties involved will wear identical training tops at all matches, to promote the message of positive mental health.

It is hoped the initiative will encourage young players and supporters to be aware of the things they can do to enhance emotional and physical wellbeing.

The captains of Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Galway formally unveiled the branded jerseys at an event at the Connacht GAA Centre this evening.

Their usual team sponsors have all agreed to the #littlethings logo and the website for yourmentalhealth.ie being displayed.

The GAA says the players can be ambassadors for positive mental health in their clubs, communities and schools or colleges.

It is the latest in a series of efforts to promote awareness in the association about the importance of mental health and communication.

The GAA's Community and Health Manager, Colin Regan, said the organisation had lost a number of young people to suicide in recent years and was keenly aware of the importance of working with clubs and communities to reduce the rate of tragic deaths.

Mr Regan said around 20 clubs or counties would be directly impacted by the death of a member by suicide each year.

He paid tribute to the minor players in Connacht for their efforts to promote positive mental health among their peers.