Monday 14 October 2019

SÁMH quiz fundraiser in Malahide to support youth mental health

Malahide recently hosted a special fundraising quiz for a North Dublin Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force initiative called Substance Abuse and Mental Health or SAMH.

Chairperson of the new initiative is Cllr Eoghan O'Brien who explained to the Fingal Independent what it is all about.

He said: 'We set up last summer and are comprised of community people in the Malahide and Portmarnock areas.

'I'm chairperson, Cllr Anthony Lavin and Darragh O'Brien TD are the other public representativess involved.

'We have members from St Sylvester's and Naomh Mearnóg GAA clubs as well as local health care professionals and a member of An Garda Siochána.'

Cllr O'Brien explained: 'SÁMH stands for Substance Abuse & Mental Health and we operate under the umbrella of the North Dublin Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force. SÁMHs have been established and are operating in Skerries and Donabate Portrane.

'We are fundraising for a youth support worker for Malahide, Portmarnock and surrounding areas.

'This service will be free of charge and will be co-funded 50% by community fundraising and 50% by the Drug Task Force and will be based out of the DTF's recently opened Malahide office.'

He said: 'The quiz is the first fundraising event to fund the community portion of providing this vital service.

'We've had great support from local businesses in Malahide and Portmarnock who have contributed some excellent prizes which were raffled on the night. The winning team got €300 in One for All vouchers with prizes for second and third place on the night also.'

It was a very successful night of fundraising for a venture which is hoped will give support to vulnerable young people

Fingal Independent