The Dundalk FC Harry Taaffe Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme is a community initiative that was established in memory of the club’s late groundsman and videographer, who tragically died by suicide in the summer of 2020.
The programme, which is supported by Fyffes, is designed to educate and increase awareness about mental health and to try and challenge the stigma associated with mental health difficulties.
Co-ordinated by Dundalk FC supporter Derek Pepper, who has been working in the mental health sector for almost 20 years, the programme features a timetable of activities centred around mental health awareness, including the delivery of safeTALK workshops at Oriel Park.
Another vital pillar of the Harry Taaffe Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme is the Community Recovery Fund.
Supported by Fyffes, it provides funding for local groups that are actively engaged in promoting the mental health sector and provides opportunities for individuals to apply for funding that will enable them to participate in an activity that will enhance their mental health.