Jigsaw Cork Celebrates First Anniversary and Announces Extension of Service to the County
August 02nd 2018
On Friday, July 6th, Jigsaw Cork celebrated its first anniversary with an event in Cork City Council Chamber.
The event, hosted by newly incumbent Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mick Finn, was also attended by County Mayor Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, who also spoke about the importance of the Jigsaw Cork service. MC for the day, Ciara McNamara – a member of the Youth Advisory Panel – opened proceedings by thanking young people, parents and professionals for trusting Jigsaw Cork and for playing a pivotal role in establishing the service. The event was attended by Youth Advisory Panel members, their families, partner agencies from the statutory and community and voluntary sectors and the growing band of supporters of the service. The focus of the event was on sharing the story of Jigsaw Cork so far, and to announce the extension of the service to young people across county Cork. Making the announcement, Catherine Morley - Project Manager and Catherine White – Clinical Co-Ordinator, welcomed the extension of the service and invited parents, agencies and professionals throughout county Cork to refer young people to the service. In addition to this, she also committed the service to the provision of Outreach Services by early 2019, asserting that a process of planning and development for this was now underway.
The Story so Far – Early Intervention and Strengthening Communities:
In July, 2018, Jigsaw Cork - which is part of the National Centre for Youth Mental Health and one of 13 Jigsaw Hubs nationwide - opened to the young people of Cork. Since then, Jigsaw has supported almost 500 young people between the ages of 12-25 through it's free, confidential mental health support service. Jigsaw's Early Intervention service is designed to be a safe and compassionate space in the community and through this work, Jigsaw offers quality care to young people aged 12-25 when and where they need it most. Since June, 2017, Jigsaw has provided over 900 of these sessions from its base in Cork city centre.
Jigsaw Cork has also supported the collective mental health of young people across Cork through its Strengthening Communities programme. Within this context, Jigsaw Cork's Youth and Community Engagement workers have provided workshops to over 1,300 young people and over 500 adults on youth mental health. Jigsaw knows that when one person supports another, communities are strengthened and year one has been spent working hard to spread the message of ‘One Good Adult’, to adults and young people in Cork.
Youth Participation is Key :
Young people are at the centre of all of the work and Jigsaw Cork engages young people directly through the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), where young people inform everything the service does, from the design of the local hub to local community campaigns and events.
Whilst it is still early days for Jigsaw Cork, the aim is to advance the mental health of young aged 12-25 by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services. This work will continue now throughout the county with young people, communities and families. Let's see what the next year brings!