Buncrana youth mental health project continues to grow

More than 550 young people treated through ‘Jigsaw’ in two years

Sean McGrory, Project Manager at Jigsaw Donegal  Photo Clive Wasson

MORE THAN 550 young people across Inishowen and Donegal have been referred to or made contact with a new mental health project, since it was formed two years ago.

Jigsaw Donegal, is a community based mental health service for young people aged between 15 – 25 years, based in Letterkenny but has an outreach centre in Buncrana.

Sean McGrory, Project Manager of Jigsaw Donegal said he never imagined the project would develop so quickly. He says this is largely due to ‘hard work and commitment’ of  his team and the community’s involvement.

“They have input to the conception, embraced its delivery and are key drivers in ensuring its success,” he said.

“This has inspired us to go beyond the expectations of the original Business plan, push boundaries and offer the service on an Outreach basis in Inishowen, the Gaeltacht and Southwest Donegal.

“On a personal level, I feel privileged to have witnessed first – hand and on a daily basis the impact that the Jigsaw service is having on the mental health and wellbeing of the young people in County Donegal,” he added.

With this week being National Mental Health week, Jigsaw have revealed that Over 550 young people have been referred to or made contact with Jigsaw Donegal since opening in October 2012 in the bi-annual report.

They have found that 70% of these young people have attended Jigsaw for ongoing support work.  Jigsaw have also found that the demand for their service has also increased 48% from last year to this year.

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