When Claire* first crossed the threshold to Jigsaw Kerry on April 25th, she was drenched. It was raining heavily all morning, and Claire spent most of it pacing Tralee’s Edward Street trying to find the courage to push the door and ask for help here.
Claire had been struggling for a while. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it. It was a sadness, a heaviness. A weight.
But, at 12.53pm on April 25th, 2016, Claire found the courage to say enough is enough.
It takes enormous courage to admit you need help, to cross that threshold. On a Monday morning on Edward Street in Tralee, a young woman in a dark blue hoodie, earphones unplugged, walked to the door of Jigsaw Tralee for the sixth time, stopped and checked her phone. This time, she looked up, took a deep breath and pushed it open.
Claire’s journey to Jigsaw is not uncommon. Again and again - across our 11 regional services, aimed at giving young people the vital supports they need to cope - we come across similar struggles with anxiety, fear and isolation.
Your vital gift can help us in one of the following ways:
- €33 – can help us provide vital training to a student who can then offer vital peer-to-peer support to their classmates. This is a powerful way to break down the stigma around mental health difficulties and encourage young people to seek help when they need it.
- €120 - can help us keep the doors of a Jigsaw Service open ensuring thousands of young people across Ireland have support when they need it.
- €500 – can help us deliver a mental health workshop to young people in hard to reach communities in Ireland.
*We have changed the name and some identifying details to protect the identity of the young people attending Jigsaw