Meet the Jigsaw Galway Team

Sarah Simkin

Sarah Simkin

Project Manager

I am Project Manager of Jigsaw Galway and Roscommon. I have worked in Jigsaw since Nov 2008 and have had a number of roles since then, including facilitating the Youth Advisory Panel.

I’m passionate about youth mental health and ensuring that young people are supported as they move from childhood in to early adulthood. I am also determined to destigmatise help-seeking (the idea of asking for help when you need it).

I love reading and listening to books. I love learning!  Spending quality time with friends is one of the things I enjoy most in life. And music is my therapy!!!

Fun fact: I have a fear of stickers (but don’t tell anyone!)

Noel Comer

Noel Comer

Clinical Coordinator

Katie Rogers

Katie Rogers

Clinical Support Worker

I qualified in 2010 from NUIG with a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Nursing. For over 2 years, I worked with HSE West in acute and community psychiatry. At this time I was also on the Galway Jigsaw YAP. My interest in brief and early intervention within mental health pushed me to go increase my clinical experience and vitamin D levels in Australia in Jan 2013.

I worked in child and adolescent "Youspace" in Sydney and as a member of a specialist eating disorder team in Melbourne.  I arrived back in Ireland in late 2014 and started working as a CSW in Jigsaw Galway in Jan 2015.

Since I qualified from NUIG in 2010, my interest in brief and early intervention and talk therapies has directed me towards cognitive behavioural therapy as an evidence based intervention. I attended CBT workshops in Oxford therapy centre including CBT for child and adolescence, OCD, depression and anxiety. I recently finished a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy postgrad in Trinity and am enjoying sharing the learnings with the young people I meet in Jigsaw.

What is your favourite book?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

James Halpenny

James Halpenny

Clinical Support Worker

I spent 2 years working in Australia in child protection, meaning I worked a lot with teenagers going through challenging periods in their lives. I also worked as a supervisor with ParentLine where I taught counselling skills to volunteers and supported them in providing counselling. I spent time in Scotland working in a specific child protection team that allowed me to one to one therapeutic work with young people, aiming at achieving specific goals in their lives.

I have a Masters in Social Work.

What is your favourite film or band/musician?

Damien Dempsey.

What is your favourite book?

Catcher in the Rye.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Don’t take life so seriously!

Marie Hehir

Marie Hehir

Support and Information Officer

I am the Support and Information Officer and I’ve been working in Jigsaw since we opened the doors of Jigsaw Galway in 2008….part of the furniture by now!

Before this, I worked with Foroige for a number of years and then in the HSE West GAF Youth Health Advice café as Teenage Health Co-ordinator and from here to Jigsaw Galway.

This was a natural move to make and I was excited to be joining what was a new innovative service working with young people around their mental health and wellbeing. It felt like the beginning of something greatly needed in our community that would make a difference in the lives of young people and families in Galway. I love my work and the people that I have worked with in the past and present. They're a great bunch.

My hobbies include yoga and playing my guitar

Fun fact : I once ran over myself with the tractor I was driving.

Susan Carolan

Susan Carolan

Administrator

I am an administrator in Jigsaw Galway. I started with Jigsaw in August 2017 having previously worked in a Virtual Reality studio in Toronto, and also in GMIT. I have a degree in English and Psychology and a Masters in International Contemporary Literatures and Media.

I’ve always been interested in working in this area, I find Jigsaw’s work incredibly inspiring and am excited to get involved in as many projects as possible.

I love to travel and climbed a 4,000m volcano in Guatemala in January 2017.

Fun fact: I co-produced and presented a music show on community radio Flirt FM for 3 years.