One Good Workmate: David O’Duffy

April 12th 2018

One Good Workmate: David O’Duffy

What is your role in Jigsaw? Which Hub? How long? 

I am the Project Manager in Jigsaw Meath. I have been in post since November 2017.

What have you noticed works well to promote and support wellbeing in the workplace?

In all honesty rather than initial activities or planned items, I believe that open fair, free conversation allows for the staff team to feel at ease within the hub and service. A shared team esprit de corps and common understanding of what our aims are. Plus the ability to have a good laugh when things are busy and more pressured. Yet, although we are all professional, I have learnt down the years that it is important for us not to take ourselves too seriously. This allows for a bit of self-compassion.

From a structural point of view, regular support for the team through the regular channels such as Clinical Supervision, Line Management Support & Supervision. Clear regular team meetings and opportunities for the team to come together and share ideas also.

Time out for the team such as the occasional team lunch, activity or planned well-being initiatives within the team are also always welcome. We also have an Emplyee Assistance Programme which provides a number of free counselling sessions if any staff member wishes to avail of this. This is totally free and confidential too.

Have you ever done anything to support the wellbeing of your workmates in the workplace?

Yes every day. Although I feel that the team in general are very supportive of each other and are aware of how little things can make a big difference.

What is the nicest thing a workmate has done for you in the last year?

I feel that receiving feedback on values and thanking me for doing something I would see as my role or job, was a nice thing to receive feedback on (although it wasn’t expected ). All the little things count!  

Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. What change would you like to see to youth mental health in Ireland?

Inclusivity and a National dialogue free from stigma on mental health wherein it is something everyone feels comfortable in raising in whatever arena possible.  From an operations perspective, greater resourcing and guaranteed multi-annual funding towards holistic services for young people in the community both from a statutory and community & voluntary perspective.