What is Jigsaw Galway?
Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential support service for young people, their mental health and wellbeing, aged 15 – 25 living in Galway city and county. Jigsaw’s aim is to support young people in Galway who are struggling, to ensure they get the support they need, when and where they need it.
Jigsaw Galway is part of a national network of Jigsaw projects supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. all aiming to provide tailored community-based help for young people's mental health needs.
Direct support for young people
Our drop in centre in Galway city provides a welcoming space for young people to call in, get information or have a chat with a support worker. If a young person wants support, our staff are there to listen, without making judgements, and to provide supportive guidance. We also provide information and advice to anyone who is worried about a friend or young person in their life. See 'How can Jigsaw Galway help?' for our Drop-in Hours and more information.
Working with young people
At Jigsaw, we believe it's vital to make sure that young people's voices are heard. Our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) represent us and take part in decision making at every level.
Working with the community
As well as directly helping young people in tough times, we want to work towards a community that is supportive of mental health and well being. Presentations and talks in schools, workplaces and community groups aim to open up a discussion on mental health and raise people's awareness of the support that Jigsaw Galway can offer.
We also work to improve the support available to young people by connecting with the many organisations throughout the county. For example, we're working with services and community organisations in North-East Connemara, Tuam and Ballinasloe. The aim is to make sure that young people have better access to support in their local town / area.
Who is involved in Jigsaw Galway?
Jigsaw Galway is a partnership between:
and is also funded by the Western Region Drugs Taskforce.
If you would like more information about Jigsaw Galway, you can download and read the Jigsaw Galway Progress Report here...