Sean MacCumhaill

Seán Mac Cumhaills and Jigsaw Donegal Presentation

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Donegal Jigsaw Presentation

The Seán Mac Cumhaills Club welcomed representatives from Jigsaw Donegal to the Villa Rose Hotel on Thursday the 9th of March to present a talk to an assembly of various representatives from the many local community groups and further afield.

The talk, titled “Supporting Young People’s Mental Health” was organised by the Seán Mac Cumhaill’s club Minor Board and Club’s Child Protection Officer Maureen Mc Glinchey and all those in attendance would certainly have left with a better appreciation and skillset in how to help identify any issues a young person may encounter and how to properly guide them to the appropriate help.

Minor board Chairman P.J Mc Gowan opened the meeting and welcomed all in attendance and offered some background in his role in helping set up the group and acknowledged Maureen’s commitment to ensuring the club continually watches out for the welfare of our players. P.J welcomed Sean Mc Grory, Project Leader of Jigsaw Donegal and thanked him for accepting the offer to come and discuss what the group’s aims and objectives are.

Sean gave a rundown on Jigsaw. Jigsaw Donegal is a free and confidential support service for young people’s mental health and wellbeing (aged 15 – 25) living in county Donegal. 1-in-3 young people experience mental health distress, our aim is to help them meet the demands of life. Jigsaw ensures that when young people in Donegal are struggling, they are there to give them the support they need, when and where they need it.

Sean gave an extremely informative talk and presentation to the audience. He thanked the club for inviting Jigsaw and allowing them to demonstrate the services they offer to the young people of Donegal and nationally. The talk put an emphasis on how young people are vulnerable to many of the same stresses that adults can encounter. The “MyWee5” concept was discussed about how like your physical health, mental health also needs to be looked after, everyone has mental health, it’s just not a stigma.

On the night, our club also distributed small wallet-sized cards bearing the Club and Jigsaw’s logo and important contact numbers for Jigsaw, Alcoholics Anonymous, Pieta House and Child line to name a few. These cards will be distributed to our teams and we hope this small initiative can make a big difference.

Last year our Minor Footballers displayed the Jigsaw logo on their gear and we hope to continue our good relationship with Jigsaw in the future. For more information on Jigsaw Donegal please visit our website on www.jigsaw.ie/donegal or call us on 074 97 26920.

 

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