Jigsaw Donegal offers 5 simple ways to support your mental health

Are you looking for simple ways to support your mental health? Have a look at the Jigsaw Donegal video on this link – MyWee5 – five simple ways to support your mental health every day. Just click the link:-

https://www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_donegal/news-and-events/post/mywee5

If you want to find out more about Jigsaw just click this link:-

https://www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_donegal/

What is Jigsaw Donegal?

Jigsaw Donegal

provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25, with our centre based at Pearse Road in Letterkenny. Just click the link to find out more: –

https://www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_donegal/

Jigsaw Donegal aims to make sure that young people’s voices are heard, and that they get the right support, where and when they need it. Jigsaw Donegal is a partnership between HSE and The Alcohol Forum.

How can Jigsaw Donegal help? if I’m a young person…

Jigsaw offers a one-to-one support service for young people aged between 15 and 25. We can assess your mental health and help you to understand what is going on for you. We will work with you to set goals around what you would like to be different in your life. Then we will support you to reach those goals, through talking things out, problem solving, learning new skills and / or hooking you up with other services that might be able to help (e.g. education & training; youth services etc).

Jigsaw helps young people through the current hurdles, learning skills along the way that will help them overcome the next challenge that comes their way. Jigsaw is a free and confidential service that is built on really listening to you and your experience and working with you to make things better.

Just ring in or call in during our drop in hours.

 If I am worried about someone…

We can advise you on the best service for the young person based on the information you provide.

As a parent we can inform you of how to support a young person yourself or how to help them access Jigsaw or other supports that they might need.

Opening hours (Letterkenny only):

Monday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm

Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm

Wednesday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm

Thursday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 8pm

Friday 9am – 1pm

Drop-in hours (Letterkenny only):

Monday   2pm – 3pm

Tuesday  2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 2pm – 3pm

Thursday 3pm – 5pm

Closed: The Monday of Bank Holidays

Find us on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/JigsawDonegal/
 Follow us on Twitter    https://twitter.com/jigsawdonegal
PLEASE NOTE

Jigsaw Donegal is not a 24 hour or Emergency service. Our phone and email services are NOT checked outside of drop-in hours. If you need help outside of these hours, click the link:-  https://www.jigsaw.ie/need-help/get-help-now

Jigsaw Outreach

Jigsaw Donegal also provides outreach services to other parts of the county to make it more accessible for young people to get the help they need where and when they need it.

We operate in the following areas one day a week strictly for appointments only, there is no drop in facility in any outreach centre.

Inishowen Development Partnership, Buncrana

Community Hospital, Killybegs

Ballyshannon Health Campus, Ballyshannon

Parentstop, Carndonagh

If you would like to find out more about any outreach area or how to go about making a referral please contact us on 074 9726920. Or click the link:- https://www.jigsaw.ie/jigsaw_donegal/

Babbling Babies nursery rhyme and action song book launched in Central Library, Letterkenny

A fantastic booklet developed by Lifestart Services, with the support of Donegal Library Service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Service, was launched in the Central Library, Letterkenny on Wednesday the 18th of April to an enthusiastic audience of adults and young children.

Studies show that if babies and children are read to early, they will enjoy reading and learning more, and do better in school. The aim of the booklet is to encourage language and reading development, and to promote the importance of reading to children.  Rhymes and songs in English, Irish, Polish, Romanian, Hindi and Kiswahili (Kenya) are included.

 Dr. Mary Roche, author of ‘Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picture books: a guide for primary and early years’ students and teachers’ launched the booklet. Mary is passionate about encouraging parents to read with babies and children and while launching the booklet she highlighted its benefits:

“Saying and singing rhymes along with your child is great fun and also develops essential pre-reading skills. By reading aloud and discussing books with children you are:

  • Stimulating their imaginations
  • Developing their understanding of how language works
  • Reinforcing the value of reading
  • Helping them to discover the joys of reading
  • Strengthening the relationship with your child, and-
  • Giving them a great start to their education”

Speaking at the launch, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “I would like to congratulate and thank all involved for their hard work on bringing this lovely booklet to completion. I hope it will be enjoyed by families throughout Donegal in the weeks and months to come. If you are not familiar with Donegal County Library Service yet, I encourage you to join. It is a wonderful resource, freely accessible to everyone and has much more than books to offer. Check out the library website to see what your little library card can do for you and your family”.

Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Book is an initiative of the Education & Learning Sub Committee of Donegal CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committee) – which includes Lifestart Services, the Library Service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Service. The booklet was funded by The Parenting Support Initiative (PSI), administered through a collaborative partnership between the Katharine Howard Foundation and the Community Fund for Ireland.

The booklet will be distributed to families throughout the county, through Lifestart Services, the library network and other partner organisations, for all to enjoy.

A difficult childhood doesn’t have to mean a difficult future

We can all face challenges growing up but for some children those challenges can add up into something bigger which could create real problems for them in later life – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a short animation about ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and how care and support can help to make a difference. Just click the link:-

https://youtu.be/XHgLYI9KZ-A