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/

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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